Why Your Bathroom Sink Has Low Water Pressure

Depending on the number of occupants and bathrooms in your home, your bathroom sink likely sees a lot of action. Whether you live alone or have a full house, single faucet bathroom sinks can begin to experience a decrease in water pressure over time. Although there are many things that can cause low water pressure in your bathroom sink faucet, the number one culprit is typically a clogged aerator.

Continue reading to learn how to inspect and clean a faucet aerator all on your own, but also, what to do if the underlying issue seems to be pointing toward something else.

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Sink Repair Indianapolis IN 317-784-1870

Bathroom Sink Faucet Aerators

Most single standing faucets are equipped with a piece known as an aerator. However, bathroom sinks are almost always fitted with them. An aerator is a screw-on hardware fitting that connects to the underside of a faucet spout. They are designed to break up the solid stream of water from a faucet by adding air to the stream. So, rather than having water spewing out of the spout like a garden hose, water is gently and evenly balanced during dispersal. If you took the aerator off, the water would gush out of the faucet spout.

Another benefit of faucet aerators is water preservation. It is suggested that aerators can reduce water consumption by up to 30% in the average household.

Aerator Clogs

Aerators are well-known for accumulating solid debris and particles over time. As a result, faucets tend to lose water pressure value. Grit, mineral buildup, so residues, hair, and more can obstruct the air and water flow in an aerator, which first presents as reduced water pressure. Typically, a quick cleaning is all it takes to get your water pressure value back to where it was before the aerator clog developed.

In order to determine if your bathroom sink aerator is clogged, you will have to examine it, and possibly clean it if necessary. In some cases, you will need to replace the aerator, but this is usually only necessary if the metal screening is damaged or warped.

How to Clean Your Faucet Aerator

If you take your finger and touch the area of your bathroom sink faucet where the water comes out, you should be touching the aerator. Sink aerators are screw-on plumbing devices, so you should be able to remove it by simply twisting it off. Although the same lefty-loosey righty-tighty rules apply when it comes to threading, keep in mind that you are looking from above rather than below the spout. So, you will twist right to remove the aerator from the faucet spout.

If the aerator is not screwing off by hand, you can use a pair of pliers, however, be warned that this approach can be permanently damaging to your plumbing fixtures. If you cannot remove the aerator on your own, it is recommended to contact local Indianapolis plumbing service for professional assistance.

Once you have removed the faucet aerator, it is important to keep track of all of the separate parts. They need to be kept in order when you reattach them. As for cleaning, you have some options. You can soak it in distilled white vinegar and then gently scrub it with baking soda. Or, if the clog is more substantial, you can soak the aerator parts overnight in a limescale-dissolving cleaning solution.

Are you experiencing plumbing problems like low water pressure or clogs? Contact Weilhammer Plumbing Company at 317-784-1870 for professional plumbing service and repair in Indianapolis, Indiana and its surrounding counties. We serve residential and commercial clients.

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How to Clean White Marks On a Black Granite Sink

Is your black granite bathroom or kitchen sink covered in a white, cloudy haze? Learn how to restore your black sink back to its original charm!

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Sink Repair 317-784-1870

Whether your black granite sink is pure or composite, overtime it may develop scale buildup, which causes an undesirable cloudy appearance. Regardless of how many times you scrub it with your dish soap, that white scale will continue to reappear day after day; that is, until you find the actual solution. Continue reading to learn what you need to do in order to recover the beautiful luster your black granite sink promised the day you brought it home!

What You Will Need:

↣ Baking Soda
↣ White Distilled Vinegar
↣ Comet® Kitchen Sink Cleaner (or something similar)
↣ Heavy Duty Scrub Brush
↣ Vegetable Oil
↣ Water
↣ Plastic Bowl
↣ Rubber Gloves (optional)
↣ Paint Stirrer (optional)

You can find all of these materials at your local home improvement store, and possibly even at your neighborhood grocery store. If you do not want to buy a paint stirrer, you can just use a regular spoon or something else that will do the trick. In place of vegetable oil, you can use canola oil or coconut oil. It is recommended by some to use mineral oil, but it is not edible, so we do not recommend it.

Getting Started:

Start by wetting your sink with water. Be sure to cover all surface areas.

Then sprinkle a liberal amount of Comet® (or a similar kitchen cleaner of choice) all over the walls and basin of the sink.

Use your heavy-duty, thick bristled scrub brush to work the powdered cleaner into the sink’s surface. Use small circular motions, and don’t be afraid to use all the elbow grease you’ve got! The harder you scrub, the more thorough the clean.

After several minutes of scrubbing, rinse the sink clean with water.

Wait! You are only a ¼ of the way done!

In a large plastic bowl, combine 2 cups baking soda and 1 cup vinegar. Stir together until a thick paste is formed. You may need to add more baking soda to achieve a thick paste. You want the paste thick enough to stick to the sides of your sink. Work toward a glue-like viscosity.

Once you have your paste, don your rubber gloves and scoop a heap into your hands. Liberally smear the paste on all the surface areas of the sink. Smear it all over as if you are seasoning a turkey! Then allow the paste to sit for 10 minutes.

After the paste has sat for 10 minutes or so, rinse the sink clean with water and then dry it thoroughly with a clean rag or paper towel. Be sure it is completely dry before moving onto the next step.

Once your sink is completely dry, take a clean rag or paper towel and apply a generous amount of cooking oil to it. (Note: do not pour oil directly into sink!)

Begin to rub the cooking oil onto the surfaces of your sink. Use long, even strokes to ensure even coverage. You will see the sink begin to sparkle and shine! You will have to add more oil to your rag as you work.

When you are done, you are ready for the last step, which is to repeat this entire process again the very next day!

After 24 hours, you will need to repeat this entire process again. In many cases, homeowners have had even greater success repeating the process for a third time on the third day. If you do not repeat the process at least once, it is likely that the white stains will reappear just a little. A second and third coat will ensure the results last.

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Weilhammer Plumbing Company 317-784-1870

Call Weilhammer Plumbing Co. Inc. at 317-784-1870 when you need a licensed Indianapolis plumber you can trust. Owner and master plumber, Mark Weilhammer, has more than 60 years of experience in the plumbing industry. He can provide plumbing repair, replacements, diagnostics, installations, equipment sales, and much more. We also offer free estimates, free plumbing advice, and even free haul-away for old plumbing appliances like water heaters, water softeners, sump pumps, and more!