Sinks are one of the most highly used of all home plumbing fixtures. Unfortunately, that high usage rate can often lead to frustrating problems. If you would like to learn more about how to address some of the most frequently encountered sink issues, read on. This article will detail two common problems and how to eliminate them.
Poor Water Pressure
When insufficient water pressure affects all of the plumbing fixtures in a home, it is usually the result of a partial clog in some main supply line. Yet when it is just a single faucet that seems to be experiencing pressure issues, it is more likely that the problem resides with the aerator attachment. The aerator is the screw-on mesh screen attached to the tip of the faucet, whose purpose is to introduce air to the water stream, thus helping to conserve water and keep costs down.
The problem is that over time build up tends to accumulate on the inside of the aerator's mesh screen. This build up is generally the result of hard water minerals such as magnesium and calcium. Eventually it will get so bad that it will seriously start to impede the flow of water. When that happens, it is time for a good cleaning.
To clean your aerator, you will need to begin by removing it. Chances are you'll need a pair of pliers to accomplish this. Be sure to wrap the aerator in a rag or a piece of scrap rubber to prevent scratching its exterior. With the aerator disassembled, use an old toothbrush to remove deposits from the screen. More stubborn buildup can be dissolved by soaking the aerator in a vinegar solution for a few hours. All that's left to do at that point is reattach the aerator and let your water flow free!
Rust Build Up
Nothing could be less visually appealing than rust that has begun to accumulate around the metal drain inside of a sink. Such rust tends to be indicative of an elevated iron level in your municipal water supply. Rust is also more likely to occur as the result of especially hard water. Unfortunately, eliminating this problem involves a more intensive--and costly solution: installing a water softener in your home.
A water softener's main purpose is to effectively neutralize problems caused by hard water minerals, as well as other substances such as iron. The good news here is that, by investing in a water softener, you will likely also alleviate a whole range of related problems, from streaky dishes, to stiff clothes, to mineral build up on your plumbing fixtures. Contact a plumbing contractor for help.