Faucet Repair: Troubleshooting Sluggish Water Flow

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If the water flow on my faucet is slow, can I perform simple faucet repair to correct the problem?

Faucet Repair: Troubleshooting Sluggish Water Flow

If sluggish water flow from your faucet is a problem, you may find the trouble lies with your faucet aerator. This device is most often located at the tip of the faucet and works by mixing air and water in order to give you an even flow of water. When mineral deposits accumulate or if you have a damaged aerator, the best thing to do is forgo faucet repair and replace the part. If it's just dirt that is lodged in your faucet aerator, you can conduct faucet repair in five easy steps:

1. Unscrew the faucet aerator from the spout, using oil to loosen the connection if necessary.
2. Disassemble the parts, keeping in mind the order of the components.
3. Use a toothbrush to clean the disk and screen with soap and water.
4. To clear out debris in the disk, use a pin or toothpick.
5. Flush the components with water before reassembling the aerator.



1/2/2008 2:47:33 PM
Steve said:

Hi. Great tip. Additional idea: it may be difficult to get the deposits out of the aerator. What works well is either vinegar or else the products sold for removing limescale from bathroom fittings. Soaking the dismantled components of the aerator in that stuff overnight generally works wonders.


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