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Old 04-01-2011, 06:15 PM   #1
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Plumber fixed our h/w problem - now neighbor isn't getting water from one sink?


Hi..need a bit of advice from the experts

So, a plumber came and fixed a problem we were having with our hot water. To cut a long story short, he replaced a check valve and ball valve on a 1/2" recirculation line coming from our water heater (they were both old and broken). A few days before that as part of the trouble shooting he replaced a mixing valve on one of our shower heads. For the shower repair he had to shut off the main supply to the building. For the 1/2" line, he only shut off our cold water supply.

Fast forward a couple of days and my neighbor downstairs is now telling me she isn't getting any water to one of her sinks. It is only one sink causing the problem - she is getting water everywhere else.

Do you guys happen to know what might be causing this? Plumber is coming back tomorrow and is thinking about capping our 1/2" line. I don't want him to touch it! We each have separate water heaters in the basement. We are on the top two floors in the building and she is on the two lower floors.

Any help much appreciated!

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Plugged aerator. The thingy with the screen inside that the water comes out of. Or used to.

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Plugged aerator. The thingy with the screen inside that the water comes out of. Or used to.
Cheers plumber666. Unfortunately I'm a bit of a novice with this stuff. What is the aerator and how easy is it to fix? Is it part of her sink?

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Its at the wet end of the faucet. Usually you can unscrew it by hand, maybe you'll have to use a small pair of channel locks (pliers).
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If it's the kitchen sink, it could also be a plugged up diverter valve. This is the valve that diverts water to the sprayer, if there is one.
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Hi Clutch, as far as I know it is the bathroom sink. Could the diverter valve still be a potential problem?

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Probably not at this point.
What happens is the plumbing is jostled and some debris flows through the line and gets stuck in the valve. The sprayer would work fine but the faucet only trickles. I think devil plumber is correct. Just clean out the aerator.
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Alright. Cheers fellas. There isn't any way the work done to the 1/2" line could affect her is there? It is hooked into our cold water line by the water heater, but I can't imagine how changing the valves would screw up the supply to her sink.
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faucet aerator - Google Search

Here is a link to a picture of an aerator----Plumber666 has the likely suspect in hand!
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