A Clean Faucet Aerator Can Save You Volumes

Most new faucets come equipped with aerators, which allow air into the water flow to reduce water usage - reportedly by as much as 20% - with no discernible change in pressure. However, over time the aerators can get clogged with deposits from the water supply, causing pressure loss, uneven flow, or erratic spray. Fortunately, most can be unscrewed and cleaned with an old toothbrush, or simply soaked in white vinegar. Be sure to plug the drain before removing, in case you drop any parts. If the part is damaged, replacements are available. If your faucet does not yet have an aerator, check for screw-on threads at the opening of the faucet. As long as the threads are there, you can inquire about parts at your local plumbing supplier. Note that aerators are usually factory-installed inside shower heads, and impractical for bath and utility tub faucets.

Stephen Tar

Stephen Tar

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CENTURY 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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