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Bathroom Faucet Aerator

Bathroom Faucet Aerator

HomeSpotHQ/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 When the water pressure at a single faucet is very low, the solution is often remarkable simple. At the end of the faucet spout there is usually a screw-on screen fitting, known as the aerator. Remarkably, many people do not even know this fitting is there and often call a plumber to make a repair that's as easy as anything a homeowner will ever face. The purpose of the aerator is to break up the solid stream of water and add air to the water flow. These faucet aerators often get clogged with build-up and need to be cleaned to allow proper water flow. This is a frequent problem in areas where there is a heavy mineral content to the water supply, such as is often the case in rural areas served by groundwater wells.In most cases, a simple cleaning of this aerator will do the trick, though sometimes you may need to replace it.  In either case, you will need to remove the aerator.  Usually. the aerator is screwed on hand-tight and can be unscrewed and removed quite easily. In other cases, though,  the buildup of mineral deposits may freeze up the aerator and make it hard to remove.Here is a simple sequence for removing the aerator: Start by trying to unscrew it with your hand. Most faucet aerators are hand tight and many times you can unscrew it by just using your hand. Make sure to dry off both the faucet and your hands first. If that does not work you are going to have to use a pair of pliers. If the aerator is in good condition and will not be replaced then you can use a rag between the aerator and the pliers to prevent scratching. Or, you can put masking tape on the jaws of your pliers to protect the chrome finish of the faucet aerator. A small pair of channel-type pliers works best for this.  With the pliers, carefully try and turn the counterclockwise as viewed from the bottom looking up. (IIf you are looking down at the faucet, you will be turning it clockwise.)If does not move, try moving the pliers a quarter turn and carefully try turning the aerator from that angle. Keep doing this back and forth from both positions. Don't grip the aerator too tightly, because the metal is soft and will bend easily, making your job even harder. If you are having trouble, you can try spraying penetrating oil (such as WD-40) on the threads and let it sit for a while before trying again. When installing or re-installing the aerator, screw it on just hand tight at first. Test the faucet, and if it leaks around the aerator, then tighten it just a bit further with channel-type pliers, making sure to use a rag or masking tape to protect the chrome of the aerator. Read More
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Bathroom Faucet Aerator

When the water pressure at a single faucet is very low, the solution is often remarkable simple. At the end of the faucet spout there is usually a screw-on screen fitting, known as the aerator. Remarkably, many people do not even know this fitting is there and often call a plumber to make a repair that's as easy as anything a homeowner will ever face. The purpose of the aerator is to break up the solid stream of water and add air to the water flow. These faucet aerators often get clogged with build-up and need to be cleaned to allow proper water flow. This is a frequent problem in areas where there is a heavy mineral content to the water supply, such as is often the case in rural areas served by groundwater wells.In most cases, a simple cleaning of this aerator will do the trick, though sometimes you may need to replace it.  In either case, you will need to remove the aerator.  Usually. the aerator is screwed on hand-tight and can be unscrewed and removed quite easily. In other cases, though,  the buildup of mineral deposits may freeze up the aerator and make it hard to remove.Here is a simple sequence for removing the aerator: Start by trying to unscrew it with your hand. Most faucet aerators are hand tight and many times you can unscrew it by just using your hand. Make sure to dry off both the faucet and your hands first. If that does not work you are going to have to use a pair of pliers. If the aerator is in good condition and will not be replaced then you can use a rag between the aerator and the pliers to prevent scratching. Or, you can put masking tape on the jaws of your pliers to protect the chrome finish of the faucet aerator. A small pair of channel-type pliers works best for this.  With the pliers, carefully try and turn the counterclockwise as viewed from the bottom looking up. (IIf you are looking down at the faucet, you will be turning it clockwise.)If does not move, try moving the pliers a quarter turn and carefully try turning the aerator from that angle. Keep doing this back and forth from both positions. Don't grip the aerator too tightly, because the metal is soft and will bend easily, making your job even harder. If you are having trouble, you can try spraying penetrating oil (such as WD-40) on the threads and let it sit for a while before trying again. When installing or re-installing the aerator, screw it on just hand tight at first. Test the faucet, and if it leaks around the aerator, then tighten it just a bit further with channel-type pliers, making sure to use a rag or masking tape to protect the chrome of the aerator.
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Bathroom Faucet Aerator

Bathroom Faucets Most of us know we can save water if we turn off the tap while brushing our teeth (as much as 3,000 gallons per year!), but did you know that there are products that will help save water when you turn on the tap too? WaterSense labeled faucets and faucet accessories (such as aerators) are high–performing, water–efficient fixtures that will help you reduce water use in your home and save money on water bills. By retrofitting your entire bathroom with WaterSense labeled fixtures, you can save even more. Overview Water Savings Specification Faucet Flows WaterSense labeled bathroom sink faucets and accessories that use a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute can reduce a sink’s water flow by 30 percent or more from the standard flow of 2.2 gallons per minute without sacrificing performance. We could save billions of gallons nationwide each year by retrofitting bathroom sink faucets with models that have earned the WaterSense label. All products bearing the WaterSense label complete an independent certification process to ensure they meet EPA criteria. Faucets and faucet accessories—products that can be attached easily to existing faucets to save water—that obtain the WaterSense label have demonstrated both water efficiency and the ability to provide ample flow. Look for the WaterSense Label Whether replacing an older, inefficient faucet that’s wasting water and money, or simply looking for options to reduce water use in your home, choose a WaterSense labeled bathroom sink faucet or aerator. WaterSense labeled models are available at a wide variety of price points and a broad range of styles and in many areas, utilities offer rebates and vouchers that can lower the price even further. The next time you wash your hands or brush your teeth, you’ll know that you’re doing your part to help protect our precious water resources. A WaterSense Labeled Bathroom Faucet Factsheet (1 pp, 308K, About PDF) is also available in PDF. WaterSense Savings Replacing old, inefficient faucets and aerators with WaterSense labeled models can save the average family 700 gallons of water per year, equal to the amount of water needed to take 40 showers. Also, since these water savings reduce demands on water heaters, households will also save enough energy to run a hairdryer 10 minutes a day for a year. Achieving these savings can be as easy as twisting on a WaterSense labeled aerator, which can cost as little as a few dollars. If every home in the United States replaced existing faucets and aerators with WaterSense labeled models, we could save nearly $1.2 billion in water and energy costs and 64 billion gallons of water across the country annually—equivalent to the annual household water needs of more than 680,000 American homes. Specification EPA released a final specification on October 1, 2007, for bathroom sink faucets and faucet accessories (e.g., aerators).  High-Efficiency Lavatory Faucet Specification (PDF) (3 pp, 61K, About PDF) High-Efficiency Lavatory Faucet Supporting Statement (PDF) (8 pp, 95K, About PDF) For more information about the faucet specification process, including the draft specification, public response to the draft specification, EPA’s response to the public comments, and questions and answers, please see High-Efficiency Lavatory (Bathroom Sink) Faucet Specification Background Materials page. Manufacturers that produce faucets and aerators meeting EPA’s efficiency and performance criteria can apply to have their products certified to earn the WaterSense label.  Before submitting products for testing, manufacturers must have a partnership agreement with EPA in place. Visit the manufacturer section on the partner page to learn more. Contact Us to ask a question, provide feedback, or report a problem.

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