You might have the patience to endure poor water flow from the faucet over your kitchen sink for a while, but it's likely that you'll eventually reach the point at which you can no longer tolerate the problem. While you might be tempted to schedule a visit from your local plumbing professional, you also have the choice of remedying the problem on your own — if you're so inclined. You don't need much in the way of tools to tackle the job. If you aren't able to complete the task, simply call your plumber. In the meantime, here's how to proceed.
Whenever you're handling a plumbing-related issue in your home, your first priority should be to turn off the water supply. When you're working with a sink faucet, you simply need to look under the sink to find the shut-off valve and turn it clockwise. Next, it's time to gather the tools you'll need for the job. All you'll need is an adjustable plumbing wrench and an old rag, and then an old toothbrush and some vinegar afterward.
Removing The Aerator
In a faucet, the aerator is the screen-like device that you can see and feel on the underside of the faucet. Water is meant to flow freely through the screen but, over time, water deposits can lead to a buildup of sediment, which is the main cause of your poor water flow. Wrap your rag around the aerator and take hold of it with your adjustable wrench. The rag is used to protect the chrome finish of the aerator; grabbing it directly with your wrench will cause unsightly scratches. Turn the aerator counter-clockwise until it comes loose.
Cleaning The Aerator
In many cases, you'll be able to see the sediment clogging the aerator. Instead of attempting to scrub it away immediately, place the aerator in a small bowl of vinegar for a little while; there's no set amount of time, given that the degree of sediment can be minor or major. Then, remove the aerator and scrub the sediment away with an old toothbrush. If it doesn't come off easily, place it in the vinegar and let it sit longer.
Putting Things Back Together Again
Once you've removed the layer of sediment from the inside of the aerator, all that is left to do is screw the aerator back tightly — after once again wrapping it with the old rag. Turn the water valve back on and turn on the tap; you should now see a steady flow of water. Contact a company like Walt's Plumbing for assistance with this, if needed.Share