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If you’re met with only a dribble of water when you turn your faucet on, you’re dealing with low pressure. A low-pressure faucet is usually an easy fix. But sometimes, a slow flow of water from your faucet is the sign of a serious issue. Here are a few tips to help you diagnose the cause of your low-pressure sink.

Always check your shut-off valve before making any serious repairs. Remove everything from below your sink and check to make sure the valve is turned to the “on” position. (Extra toiletries and towels stored below your sink can bump your shut-off valve and turn it off.)

If your shut-off valve is on and you’re still noticing low pressure, blockage may be to blame. Newer, low-flow faucet models are equipped with several chambers that can trap sediment and other blockage-causing material. Take your faucet apart and clean each chamber individually to remove any build up.

If you’re still experiencing low pressure after checking your valve and cleaning your faucet, call a professional. It’s likely that your plumbing is suffering from a more advanced issue.

If you’re unsure about tackling any part of this job yourself, hire a pro. A licensed and trained plumber will diagnose and fix your low-pressure problems without delays or mistakes — an unfortunate side effect of many DIY jobs.

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