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benwa100 02-07-2013 11:12 PM

Glacier bay all in one sink faucet low pressure -- aerator clean
 
Hi Everyone,

I installed the following sink and have kinda low water pressure.
http://www.homedepot.com/Glacier-Bay...1#.URR3AidFlPI

I'm not sure if this type of sink simply has low pressure or if something is wrong.

When I take out the aerator, it looks perfectly clean. Also, when the aerator is out, the water comes out of the sink with decent power (I think) but it obviously sprays all over the place without the aerator. As soon as i put the aerator back in, the water pressure is pretty weak (but still basically useable).

Does this sound like the faucet simply has low pressure or is there something I can do to fix it?

Thanks!

joecaption 02-07-2013 11:55 PM

May have a flow restrictor. Looks like a washer with a small hole in it, pop it out and see what happens.
Hope you know you bought the cheapest of the cheap faucets so do not expect to much from it as far as finish lasting for long and not leaking.

oh'mike 02-08-2013 06:59 AM

If that has a pull out sprayer--let us know----there is a back flow valve built int the hose that frequently clogs up---

Have you checked the shut offs ? How about the feed lines? Are they nice and straight with no kinks?

Those are poor quality as you have already found out---only one did I install one---(fix up for sale job)--I was not impressed---------

percygreen 02-08-2013 08:24 AM

It's been my experience that anything marketed as "all in one" is usually garbage. (Sinks with faucets already installed, the infamous "Toilet-to-Go" at Lowe's, etc). The idea is for the big box stores to sell something that's easier and quicker for the homeowner to install himself, negating the need for a plumber. Unfortunately, most of the time this stuff is of inferior quality, and you'll end up paying a plumber to either fix it or replace it anyway.

jagans 02-08-2013 10:16 AM

I remember when $300 bucks was a lot of money. :(

benwa100 02-08-2013 10:21 AM

Thanks for the responses so far. The faucet does have a pull out sprayer (the faucet is on a hose and you push a button on the faucet to make it a sprayer). The pressure is about the same whether I have it on sprayer or regular mode. I couldn't find a flow restrictor. The shutoffs are open and the feedlines seem straight to me. I'm not sure how to clean out the "back flow valve built int the hose that frequently clogs up"".

In general, this is the first diy plumbing I have ever done, so I don't really know what I'm doing or the terminology.

Thanks

marleyeds 09-21-2013 10:08 AM

I'm having the same flow issue - and same story as you regarding taking the aerator off. Valves are all set, not kinks...this thing has to have a restrictor somewhere. Wish I would have had time to read the reviews on this one!

oh'mike 09-21-2013 10:38 AM

See if there is a tiny back flow gizmo where the hose screws into the valve body---

look in the hose end---or inside the outlet on the valve body----Moens back flow fitting pops out when you turn on the water with the hose removed---use a bucket to catch the little part---

jagans 09-21-2013 11:19 AM

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Originally Posted by marleyeds (Post 1244587)
I'm having the same flow issue - and same story as you regarding taking the aerator off. Valves are all set, not kinks...this thing has to have a restrictor somewhere. Wish I would have had time to read the reviews on this one!

Pull the cartridge. A lot of carts have filter screens in the cart itself right where orings bear against a base plate. There should be a set screw to remove the handle. Of course turn off the H&C feeds first, open the faucet to bleed off pressure and pull the cart. Probably crap in there.

Ghostmaker 09-21-2013 07:52 PM

How was your pressure on the old faucet. What type of waterline do you have?
Galvanized steel, copper,CPVc or Pex

jmon 09-22-2013 12:17 AM

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Originally Posted by benwa100 (Post 1112133)
Hi Everyone,

When I take out the aerator, it looks perfectly clean. Also, when the aerator is out, the water comes out of the sink with decent power (I think) but it obviously sprays all over the place without the aerator. As soon as i put the aerator back in, the water pressure is pretty weak (but still basically useable).

Does this sound like the faucet simply has low pressure or is there something I can do to fix it?

Thanks!

When you took off the aerator you said you had decent pressure/power (you think). Just a suggestion, check your faucet to see if the flow restrictor is installed on its own or whether it's part of the aerator. If it's on its own, you can remove it easily (but said you can't find it). My guess is; That it's part of or built into the aerator itself. Try a different aerator.

gregzoll 09-22-2013 01:23 PM

The other item to look at, is how old are the shut-offs. They get gummed up with crud over the years, and worth replacing, if you cannot remember how old they are.

Ghostmaker 09-22-2013 03:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jagans (Post 1112334)
I remember when $300 bucks was a lot of money. :(

Your age is showing...:eek:

jagans 09-22-2013 07:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Ghostmaker (Post 1245107)
Your age is showing...:eek:

Thanks Ghost, I needed that. :huh:


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