clogged faucet - Posted by Dr B. (OH)
Posted by Dr B. (OH) on August 11, 2007 at 18:19:15:
I’ve had this several times. It’s most likely in the faucet body.
If you’ve been fiddling with the water lines in an old mobile, particularly with an old or recently replaced water heater, you may have clogged the faucet.
I bought an oldie and rehabbed the kitchen, beautiful, if I say so myself. I had a handyman wrap all the exposed pipes under the home with heat tape and insulation. My other handyman/park maint. guy went to turn the water on to the home for the new owner only to find no flow to the toilet or kitchen sink-hot side. He replaced the ball cock with a fluidmaster and all was well with that. The rusty water ran for a half hour from the cold side of the kitchen then cleared but no flow from the hot. Eventually, he replaced my brand new faucet with an $80 job from Lowe’s (out of cheapos in my stock). I took it home, disassembled it, and blew out a ton of rust with 150 lbs of air from my garage compressor. I believe moving the lines around to heat tape them loosened the rust generated from the old water heater thus clogging the internal pipes of the faucet. They are very narrow about 1/4 inch dia. inside dimension.
If there is any way you can get that faucet off and aim the lines into a bucket with a helper turning the main on and off, I think you’ll clear it. Have a new faucet handy for replacement.
For an I-hope-this-works trick, I would open the outside faucet and tub faucets and blow the air backwards through the sink faucet itself.