Why does my kitchen faucet's hot water line rattle and lose pressure?

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We have kitchen faucet that is the farthest one from the water entry point in the house. It always has seemed to have a little lower pressure than several others we have in the house, but recently the flow in this one has dropped drastically. I was wondering if this might be due to something wrong with mixing device in the faucet and whether it needs to be replaced.

The faucet is a Kohler single hole mounting, single lever type with a pull out spray head. The mixing cartridge is a plastic assembly with 2 O-rings on the bottom. I can see 2 little springs inside, but the assembly doesn't look like it was meant to be taken apart so I couldn't check for obstructions inside.

Is it likely that just replacing the cartridge will fix it? I've seen them at Home Depot and Lowes. Or should I be looking somewhere else for the cause.

Suggestions would be appreciated.


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Starting or ending a long day with a weak shower is deeply unsatisfying. Still, when other around-the-house fixes rank as higher priorities, sometimes you just learn to live with poor water pressure. Even though you may tolerate a trickle, you should probably treat friends and family eager to visit for a long weekend to something better. Don’t let low water pressure ruin your reputation as the host with the most! Resolve to finally achieve a healthy flow of water—for you and all of your future houseguests—by trying any of the following solutions, ranging from quick fixes to extensive projects.

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First things first: Contact your neighbors to see if they are experiencing a similar problem. If so, the issue may be with the city’s municipal water system. Just like your home’s piping, these systems are subject to leaks, clogs, buildup, and corrosion. Before calling your local provider, you can test the city water pressure...

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Do you have a water faucet that whines, screeches, or squeals when you turn it on?

There are a few reasons why this annoying little problem occurs.

By the way, I love that my son is such a willing participant in front of and behind the camera. The photo you see is him, and the angle and expression were all his idea. Gotta love him!

Is this a DIY faucet repair project for able-bodied homeowners?

It most certainly is, so pay attention, y’all.

#1 – Assess The Problem

There are several possible reasons why your plumbing is talking to you when it should be a silent servant.

First and foremost, I’m talking about pipes that whine, screech, or squeal. I’m not talking about banging pipes — that’s a different set of problems altogether.

Why am I talking about screeching pipes?

Because my hot water faucet (and sometimes the cold faucet) in the kitchen has been begging for attention lately — and I find myself...

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Very NOISY Pipes

We have a problem in our house which I hope someone can answer. When ever the toilet flushes or you turn the tap on - while someone is showering or using water somewhere else (outside, etc.) there is a very load groaning/vibrating sound coming from the water pipes(mainly the hot water line.) Any suggestions as to why and how I can fix?

Try this...
When the noise is occurring, lift the lid off the back of the toilet and fully open and or shut the fill valve. I think that the fill valves often shudder and cause a hammer all through the pipes. If it stops when you have it full open or full shut, that is your problem.. Replace the tank's fill valve.

Humming Sound in Pipes!

Our house is approximately 20 years old, located in the country so we have a well with an electric above ground pump and a septic system.
Recently we have been awakened at night due to this terrible loud humming noise. We think it is...

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Water, is Life itself! Can you imagine a life without? And yet there are millions of people all around the globe who do not have access to clean and safe water. Impure water is the leading cause of a host of potentially deadly diseases and sundry other health complications. You have no reason to bask in the thought that the water that flows out when you turn on the faucets in your home is always clean and pure. Especially if the water is brownish-looking. Pure water has a crystal clear appearance and any color in it is a tell-tale sign of contamination.

Brown-colored water coming out of the faucets is a common complaint of householders. But why? And now that you know that brown water is contaminated, how much of a cause of concern should it be? How do you fix the issue and ensure that it does not bother you again? The discussion below provides answers to the queries of a typical householder regarding brown water coming out of taps.

1.What are the Causes of Brown...

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cold water in my hot water line Water Cannon offers cold water pressure washers, power washers and parts for commercial, industrial and residential applications. The flow-rate of a faucet or showerhead affects the wait for hot water because it governs how quickly the cooled water sitting in the pipes will be emptied out. Please help. Why is hot water coming out of the cold side of the tap? We had a similar situation in one unit in the condominium where we live. Convenient to handle and install. There are two types of residential cold water systems and they are the direct or indirect system. Shows up partly in water at taps not hot as should be. Could it be the shower faucet? GREAT FOR DIVERSION LOADS: Most electric hot water heaters have two element ports. Hot water can cause copper lines to heat up. We had a similar situation in one unit in the condominium where we live. Is it true that hot water freezes faster than cold water or that cold water boils faster than hot water? Ariston...
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Has your kitchen faucet suddenly lost water pressure. The first thing to do is make sure that it is the only area in your home that the water pressure has slowed. Go through your home and turn on your faucets one by one turn on the cold and hot separately. If they all seem to have a decent flow of water then you can be sure the water pressure problem is isolated to the kitchen sink.

The next thing you need to do is remove the aerator that is on the end of the spout. Often the aerator can get blocked with small particles of debris. After removing the aerator turn the water on without the aerator if the water pressure has picked up then you know that was the issue. Clean off the aerator and put back in the faucet. Here is a video on how to clean your aerator.

If removing the aerator did not help your problem you could have a blockage. If you have a side spray, does the water come out of it at the expected rate? Is the loss of water pressure the same if you run hot or...

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