Does an Aerator require Maintenance?
Although many businesses and households have never investigated the aerator nozzle on the faucet, it might be necessary. Many problems with the water tap arise from an improperly functioning aerator. This is also a good time to check what the flow-rate is of your existing aerator and see if it would be worth replacing it. For instance with one of Sparcio’s innovative faucet products. Also bio-film and bacteria can build-up inside of the aerator. Replacing it every few years is therefore also maybe not a bad idea and many companies with strict legionella rules do this even more frequently.
A problem with the existing aerator can lead to several issues:
- Water pressure is decreased;
- The flow is uneven and going in different directions;
- The faucet is leaking.
So what’s the problem: the tiny mesh, the filter of the aerator or the inside of the aerator can get clogged with silt and debris, or with the buildup of minerals from the water. Usually, there is a quick and easy fix. To clean the aerator, simply unscrew it and remove any meshes if applicable. Your aerator or mesh may simply need rinsing and scrubbing off with a small brush, like an old toothbrush. Minerals such as chalk buildup can be removed by soaking the aerator in a homemade solution of water and vinegar or use a mild descaler for several hours. Just put the aerator in the substance and wait. You will most likely see small bubbles appear. Flush the faucet before replacing the aerator to get rid of any unwanted sediment inside of the water tap. If the buildup will not come off, or you see that biofilm has been built up, then replacing the aerator is maybe not a bad idea. It’s also an inexpensive and easy solution to getting your water running smoothly again.