The faucets in your home are there to provide water to use, but over time the water pressure from your faucets can decrease. This is often due to a buildup of sediment and mineral deposits in the aerators located inside your faucets. If you have noticed a decrease in water pressure in any of your faucets, you may want to try cleaning them before you call a plumber to find the problem. Here are some tips to help you clean the aerators in your faucets.
Step 1: Remove the aerators
An aerator is a small, round mesh object that serves as a filter on a faucet. To locate the aerator, you must generally unscrew the part of the faucet where the water comes out. If your faucet is old, it may take some effort to get this off. You can try using pliers to turn this part if necessary, or you could use a wrench to try to loosen it. Each of your sinks will have an aerator in it, and you can clean all of them if you would like. You can also remove the aerator from your washing-machine supply line if you want to clean that too.
Step 2: Soak the aerators
Once you have removed the aerators from the sinks, you will need to clean them, and the best way to do this is by soaking them. Aerators provide filtration for the water that comes through the faucets. Because of this, aerators tend to accumulate a lot of mineral deposits and sediment. Soaking the aerators will usually loosen up the debris attached to them, but you may also want to take an old toothbrush and scrub the debris off.
You can soak the aerators in many different solutions, but vinegar is one of the best options. Vinegar is affordable and effective for cleaning many types of things, and you can use it full-strength to clean your aerators. Just place the aerators in a cup of vinegar overnight.
Step 3: Replace the aerators
Finally, you can remove the aerators from the cup of vinegar and place them back inside your faucets. After doing this, you may notice a huge improvement with the water pressure that is coming from your faucets.
If you perform these steps and are still experiencing problems with low water pressure, you may want to call a plumbing company to come to your home to find the problem or to help you learn more.Share
18 October 2016
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