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How to Fix Water Pressure Problems

In this article we are going to talk about how to fix water pressure problems.  Inadequate water pressure is a common homeowner complaint. If the water pressure in your home is generally fine, but a particular fixture has poor pressure, that fixture probably has a clogged aerator or screen.

Aerators are small mesh filters that fit over the ends of faucets, whereas screens are filters that sit inside faucets and showerheads. Both devices trap debris and over time may clog, reducing water flow.

How to Remove an Aerator or Screen

Aerators, or screens, are located in different places on different types of fixtures:

Faucets

An aerator usually screws into the tip of a faucet. You may be able to unscrew it by hand, or you may need an adjustable wrench to do the job. When you replace the aerator, make sure it’s straight. Since the screw threads are so small, it’s easy to put the aerator back in crooked by accident.

Showerheads

A showerhead’s screen is usually located between the showerhead and the shower arm, the metal pipe that connects the showerhead to the water supply. Unscrew the shower head from the shower arm, then lift out the screen.

Pull-out sprayer faucets

The screen on a pull-out sprayer faucet may be located at the tip of the sprayer, as shown, or at the point where the hose connects to the body of the faucet.

How to Clean an Aerator or Screen

To clean an aerator or screen once you’ve removed it, soak the aerator or screen in white vinegar overnight, then scrub away the sediment with a toothbrush. If the sediment can’t be removed, pick up a replacement screen or aerator at a hardware store.

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