Slow running faucet !?!?

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We went away for several days and shut off the main water valve. Came back, turned on the water valve and all the faucets work properly except the faucet in the main floor bathroom sink. It seems like it's barely running any water at all.
I checked for leaks: none. Checked to make sure all valves were fully opened (on the sink itself for both hot and cold water). Still a very small stream of water is coming out.
Any idea what's happening? (I was thinking some sort of pressure problem but all other faucets are fine. Maybe an 'air bubble' of sorts on just that sink?)
q slow running faucet, bathroom ideas, home maintenance repairs, plumbing
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  • D & K D & K on Jun 09, 2015
    Remove the aerator and clean it. Many times after the water main is turned off and then back on, sediment in the pipes works loose and will get caught in the aerator. A good cleaning or soaking in vinegar usually does the trick.

  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Jun 09, 2015
    Unscrew the screen part where the water comes out. I'll bet it's clogged with trash.

  • Pete Wells Pete Wells on Jun 09, 2015
    Agree with the other responders, your aerator is clogged..next time you shut off the water main, unscrew all the faucet aerators, then when you turn the water back on, allow it to run a half a minute or so before reinstalling the aerators..

  • Southernlady Southernlady on Jun 09, 2015
    And if cleaning the aerator doesn't help, try blowing out the pipe. We've had to do this several times (100+ year old house and still have some galvanized piping left in the system)

  • Dee Lowe Dee Lowe on Jun 09, 2015
    How do you blow out the pipes? We have the same issue but w/ our bath tub faucet.

  • CK CK on Jun 09, 2015
    Yup! That was it! :-) Thanks HT readers :-D That was the last thing I was going to try but ran out of time before I had to hit the sack after a long day back of traveling home. Yay!!!!! You all saved me a call to the plumber :-D

  • Teena Nolen Teena Nolen on Jun 09, 2015
    You may have lime build up.

  • Teena Nolen Teena Nolen on Jun 09, 2015
    You may have lime build up.

    • CK CK on Jun 12, 2015
      @Teena Nolen Thankfully no. It was just sediment in the aerator :-)

  • Gary Mckinley Gary Mckinley on Jun 14, 2015
    If you have an older faucet, a piece of the washer may have fallen out and plugged the faucet. If you know how to remove the handle assembly, do so and check your shut off washers. Make sure the water is shut off before you do.

    • CK CK on Jun 14, 2015
      @Gary Mckinley It was just sediment in the aerator. All fixed. :-)