Homeowners are getting smarter at reducing their water usage every year, and that can be done simply by keeping good habits. Another way to help save water is with specific hardware, particularly a faucet aerator. By installing the right aerators to both your kitchen and bathroom sinks, you will even notice more benefits than just a smaller water bill.
First off, a faucet aerator is a small device that is installed by screwing it onto the tip of your faucet. Its role is to create a smoother, more consistent flow of water, and that is achieved by the small metal screen disk. That disk serves a handful of purposes, including limiting the flow of water.
The water from your faucet is soft because of the screen disk on the aerator. It introduces small bubbles to the water, which also creates a wider stream of water and lessens the amount of splash in the basin. Water flow becomes more productive, allowing you to let the faucet run longer but still use less water. Additional water can be saved when a flow arresting aerator is installed.
Aerators also provide health benefits for you and your family. The screen inside the aerator is useful for trapping dirt, debris or sediment over time, or after construction. Aerators can also catch lead particles in older homes with lead pipes. Because of these functions, it is important that you clean your faucet’s aerator typically every six months. This can be done by removing the aerator, soaking it in white vinegar for an hour, and then rinsing it with fresh water before reattaching.
Your home may already have faucet aerators, but you may install certain aerators that can limit the flow to about 2 gallons per minute, or even less. For more information on installing aerators to your kitchen and bathroom faucets, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.