We can't all be expert plumbers; sometimes, it's better to leave a major problem with a slow running faucet to a plumbing services professional to solve. But how are you supposed to tell how serious of a problem is causing your faucet malfunction? Figuring out whether these three signs apply to your faucet will help you decide whether a professional needs to be called.
1. Sprayer Won't Easily Detach from the Hose
Most faucets consist of a detachable metal sprayer connected to a flexible hose. Often, the key to fixing a plumbing problem such as blockage or low water pressure is the easy removal of the sprayer.
But sometimes, corrosion and dust on old faucets is so serious that the sprayer won't come off even with a strong tug with a wrench. Usually, this kind of resistance is a sign of even more serious problems like collapse and leakage in the pipes leading away from your sink.
2. Control Valves Don't Influence Water Pressure At All
Even if your water pressure is very low overall, it's a good sign if it still waxes and wanes when you manipulate the handles of your faucet. This means that the mechanisms manipulating the flow of water in your sink are fundamentally intact and don't need to be messed with.
However, if water pressure doesn't change at all when you turn the valves, you'll need a professional to fully diagnose and sort out the problems with your plumbing system in your wall. This remains true even if it's still possible to completely shut off the water stream; what matters is the fact that there's no change as you move your faucet's handles between slightly on and fully on.
3. Hot Water Kicks in Slower Than Normal
Even most modern water faucets take a significant amount of time to transition between cold and hot water. However, if you find that this transition is taking two or three times longer than it did before your problem developed, this is a sign that your water heater is to blame.
Since most laypeople don't have the necessary tools to identify and completely fix a malfunctioning water heater, you don't have much choice in this situation besides hiring a plumber. If you don't have any prior experience with water heaters, you're liable to do more harm than good with a DIY job.
Few people want to pay the money for a plumber in a situation where a DIY fix is possible. But the fact remains that there are many fundamental problems that your plumbing system can develop that can only be properly addressed by a professional.