Does Your Faucet Seem Slow? Learn How To Clean The Aerator

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Even the best faucets in the world can succumb to mineral deposits that clog up the aerator and slow down the flow of water. If you're experiencing a slow-flowing faucet, you can clean the mineral deposits out of the aerator yourself quickly and easily. It will only take a few minutes; this guide shows you how it's done.  

Step 1: Collect Your Tools

The chances are good that you already have everything you need to clean the aerator in your faucet. So, look around and collect these tools and supplies:

  • masking tape
  • groove-joint pliers
  • toothpick
  • old toothbrush
  • small bowl
  • white vinegar

Step 2: Protect the Aerator From Scratches

Wrap a little masking tape around the aerator to protect it from scratches.

Step 3: Loosen the Aerator

Cover the sink drain with a cloth to prevent parts of the aerator going down the drain. Grasp the aerator with the pliers and turn them counterclockwise to loosen and eventually remove it from the rest of the faucet.

Step 4: Take Apart the Aerator

Use your finger to push out all the little parts of the aerator. If you can't take the assembly apart with your fingers, use a toothpick to push them out. Make sure you get a good visual of where each piece goes.

Step 5: Clean the Parts

Fill the small bowl with white vinegar and place the aerator parts in it. Let them sit in the vinegar for several minutes.

Remove each part of the aerator from the vinegar one at a time and scrub them gently with a toothbrush. Rinse the vinegar off when you're finished scrubbing.

Step 6: Put the Aerator Back Together

Put the aerator back together by placing the parts back into the main housing in the opposite order in which you took them out.

Step 7: Replace the Aerator

Screw the aerator back on the faucet and tighten with your fingers. Use the pliers to tighten it more, but only tighten it until it is snug. You could strip the threads on the aerator if you tighten it too much. If this happens, your only option is to replace the aerator completely.

The smell of the vinegar goes away after you run the water for a little bit. Call a plumber like C B Lucas Heating & Air Conditioning if you run into any issues with these steps. If the water flow is still slow, there may be issues that only a plumber can deal with.

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