Plumbing in the Home/Faucets - water


I recently purchased a house, and notice in one of the bathrooms, that the faucet sends the water in varying directions similar to a spray hose - thus not a straight line of water.  Does this mean perhaps a valve or washer needs attention?  I would not say it's literally like a spray hose but similar in some ways.  Any idea what might be happening? Thanks very much.

Hi Patty,
Have you tried removing the aerator?  This often becomes partially clogged with debris and will cause this condition.  

If the stream is okay after removing the aerator then the screens inside are clogged up and need to be cleaned or the aerator replaced. They are inexpensive, only a couple dollars at the hardware or big box store. The screens can be removed and cleaned easily as well.  Just pay attention on how they are stacked inside the aerator when you take them out.
Good Luck,

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Pretty much any residential plumbing questions. For "item specific" details such as a specific model of fixture, I will need to research and there may not be any useful information available. Note: I live and work in Southern California. We do not, as a rule, use hot water or steam heating systems, oil fired boilers or private water wells so my knowledge in those areas is pretty limited. There are others here on AllExerts that can probably answer those questions better.


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