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Weird water pressure in kitchen tap

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by aussiekylie, 15 Aug 2011.

  1. aussiekylie


    15 Aug 2011
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    United Kingdom
    Hi all,

    I've recently bought and moved into a 1930's semi that has a slightly strange pressure/flow behaviour with my kitchen tap (only the cold one).

    The tap runs from the mains feed into the house, which then continues on to feed the washing machine.

    When the washing machine is not in use the kitchen tap dribbles water out of it, after an initial spurt of water coming out (some kind of build-up I'm expecting).
    However, when the washing machine is in use, water flows from the tap as expected.

    The tap fitting is very old, probably from the 30s and all the pipe work appears to be lead or something similiar. I will eventually be replacing it all, but at the moment just want to get consistent pressure/flow from the tap.

    Is it possible that the tap fitting just isn't "pulling" enough water by itself?
    Any other ideas?
    All other fittings in the house are normal.

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