Re: Kitchen faucet loses pressure
Posted by e-plumber on February 20, 2004 at 16:22:56:
In response to Re: Kitchen faucet loses pressure
: : : Hi,
: : : When turning on the Kitchen faucet, the pressure gets really low for a few seconds (the pipes even vibrate sometimes) the it comes back to normal. This only happens in the kitchen and it doesn't matter if any other water is running. Any ideas as to what it could be and how to fix it? Thanks in advance for any help.

: : Reply:
: : It could be a loose faucet washer or a defective diverter (if you have a spray hose) that needs to be replaced. The only way to tell would be to take the faucet stem(s) out and inspect for loose parts.
: : The diverter on most kitchen faucets is located under the faucet spout. You can possibly remove the diverter to stop the vibration of the piping and replace it another time, the faucet should operate normally without it installed.
: : Good Luck. e-plumber

: e-plumber,
: Thanks for the help. I took out the diverter and it seems to work fine now. The spray gun, which didn't work before, now works also. What does the diverter actually do and do I need to replace it if everything is working?

The diverter will allow the water to be directed to either the spout or the hand sprayer, without the piece in, the faucet will work but you should install a new one.

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