First of all, congratulations on the new home. Second of all, this is a fairly common, correctible problem. During the first few days of faucet use, a small amount of debris will be flushed out of your pipe system. In addition, particles of solder, copper chips, Teflon® tape and other installation materials may get caught in aerators and showerheads. Occasionally, a chip might damage the valve seat that provides the watertight seal. The tips below will help you avoid such problems. It’s a good idea to follow these procedures every time the water in your home has been turned off for repairs.
TO FLUSH A KITCHEN OR LAVATORY FAUCET:
- Remove the aerator, and the black sealing gasket above it.
- Turn faucet handle(s) to full on hot and cold mixed position(s), and flush lines for two minutes before turning off water with handle(s).
- Put the aerator back on.
TO FLUSH A TUB / SHOWER FAUCET:
- Remove the showerhead (if applicable).
- Turn handle(s) to full on hot and cold mixed position(s).
- Flush spout for two minutes without moving handle(s).
- If you have a showerhead, divert water to it and flush for two minutes. BE SAFE! Make sure that the cold water flows FIRST, and that the rotational handle limit stop is set properly. Click here to see information on setting the adjustable limit stop.
- Put the showerhead back on.
Some debris and/or foreign material in the lines may be too large to pass through the kitchen, lavatory or tub/shower faucet. To remove this type of debris:
- Turn off the hot and cold water supplies.
- Remove all internal components.
- Turn the water supplies back on, and let the water run for 30 to 60 seconds. (For kitchen and lavatory faucets, turn a bucket or similar large container upside-down over the faucet to deflect water back into the sink.)
- Turn the water supplies off again.
- Reassemble the faucet.
- Turn the water supplies back on.