Most modern faucets have a small metal screen attached at the tip. This component is called a faucet aerator. In this blog, local plumbing repair company Oak Plumbing shares a closer look at this small yet essential component of bathroom and kitchen faucets.
How Do Faucet Aerators Work?
A faucet aerator is a small, round mesh screen installed at the tip of a faucet. New faucets come with them attached at purchase, but certain faucet aerators can be installed on existing faucets by simply unscrewing the old faucet tip and screwing the faucet aerator into place. Faucet aerators are composed of several rings and a mesh screen that regulates water flow while incorporating air into the water.
Why You Should Have Faucet Aerators
Plumbers and pipe leak repair contractors recommend having faucet aerators because of the following benefits:
- They Reduce Splashing — Faucet aerators reduce the rate at which water flows from the faucet, which helps minimize splashing when you use the kitchen or bathroom faucet. This makes washing dishes, washing hands and bathing less messy.
- They Shape the Faucet Water — Traditional faucets tend to release water in uneven bursts. Faucet aerators help shape the water, resulting in an evenly-pressured stream.
- They Help Conserve Water — One of the main advantages of faucet aerators is that they enable you to use less water whenever using your faucet. They also aid in reducing hot water consumption, which helps you cut back on heating costs.
- They Increase Perceived Water Pressure — Homes with low water pressure can benefit from faucet aerators because they can simulate strong water pressure while using less water.
How to Clean a Faucet Aerator
Keeping your faucet aerator clean and clear of the sediment, grit and scale that can get trapped behind the mesh screen will help maintain good water flow. Before you clean your faucet aerator, make sure you close or put in the sink stopper to avoid accidentally dropping parts down the drain.
To begin cleaning the faucet aerator, remove it from the faucet and place it on a clean towel. Take the aerator apart if possible, then soak the parts in white vinegar for an hour. This helps remove stubborn stains and spotting, as well as mineral scales. Rinse it with fresh water, then reassemble and replace it.
Oak Plumbing is your leading provider of plumbing services, including sewer line repair. Give us a call at (707) 448-3567 or (800) 397-3799 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Sacramento and Vacaville, CA.