Water Faucet Woes

We seem to have terrible luck with kitchen water faucets/taps….

The place we are currently staying in is up for sale. Yesterday they came to do an inspection. I tried to stay out of their way, but while in another room I overheard the inspector telling the potential buyer that they would probably need to replace the aerator in the kitchen faucet. I didn’t really think much of it, because I hadn’t noticed any issues with it. Until last night that is, when I noticed a very small stream of water spraying out of the centre of the faucet. Coincidence?

Thankfully hubby fiddled with it (that’s a technicial term you know, okay not really) and it seems okay now.

That got me to thinking about kitchen faucets. Including this place we’re living now, we’ve had problems with our kitchen faucet in 4 out of 5 places we’ve rented. Two of then were just having problems from the day we moved in, but one of our apartment buildings was only about a year old and we ended up having to get the kitchen faucet replaced twice!

Are we somehow “hard” on our faucets? We don’t mistreat them, as far as I can tell.  We do wash all our dishes by hand (no dishwasher) and we do cook several times a day, pretty much every day of the week. Maybe we just turn the water off and on a lot. You’d think a faucet should be able to live up to that kind of day-to-day use.

We owned our own home for almost 7 years and only replaced our faucet once, and that was only because we were renovating the kitchen and we wanted a different style. Before buying our house, I rented several other apartments and houses. Over the span of a couple of decades, I can’t recall ever having to get the faucets repaired or replaced.

The more I think about it, it must just be that the landlords are installing cheaper faucets OR possibly faucets are just not made as well as they used to be.

What do you think? What’s your track record with kitchen faucets?


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