Tuesday, December 11, 2012

How to repair or replace a leaking or improper water splashing flow of a kitchen or lavatory sink faucet aerator


A leaking kitchen sink faucet aerator can be so uncomfortable while you are washing the dishes, washing the vegetables, fruits, or even a knife. Everytime you open the kitchen faucet, unnecessary splashing showers and even jets of water come out from a defective or dirty aerator. This can be caused by incorrect assembly of parts inside the aerator, broken circular  or ring screen, broken gasket, or a dirty aerator with debris blocking the flow of water, or any of the parts loose or damaged which causes it to malfunction and so affect the whole aerator assembly and thus causing it to leak or splash and producing an improper pattern of water flow.

A leaking lavatory faucet aerator on the other hand is as messy as a kitchen sink faucet aerator. When brushing your teeth and washing your mouth, the water flow can even splash or spatter right to your face and even your clothes, including the side tiles or even the bathroom floor. In any case, it is a mess and a discomfort.

Below is a simple procedure showing step by step instructions on how to repair a leaking or splashing kitchen sink or lavatory faucet aerator. The step by step procedure of replacing a defective or broken aerator is also discussed at the bottom.


How to repair a leaking or too much splashing of kitchen or lavatory sink faucet aerator:


1. Turn off both the hot and cold water faucet handles.

2. Using a monkey wrench or pliers, unscrew the aerator by turning it clockwise, loosen, and remove the aerator.

3. Check the component parts for any breakage, inspect any loosely fitted part in the assembly especially the black rubber circular or O-ring gasket and the small perforated (with many holes) circular screen for any dirt, debris, small grains of sand, etc.

4. If the aerator is dirty, clean all the parts removing even the stains. Fix any loose parts. Replace any broken part as necessary.

5. Assemble back the aerator component parts clean, snugly fitted, properly positioned in the correct order.

6. Put back the aerator assembly to the faucet by turning it counter-clockwise using your hands first, then tightening it using the money wrench or pliers.

7. Open the water handles to check the leak and water flow pattern. If the problem persists, follow the step by step procedure on how to replace a leaking, defective or broken kitchen sink or lavatory faucet aerator.


How to replace a leaking, defective or broken kitchen sink or lavatory faucet aerator:


1. Turn off both the hot and cold water faucet handles.

2. Using a monkey wrench or pliers, unscrew the aerator by turning it clockwise, loosen, and remove the aerator.

3. Screw into position the new faucet aerator by turning it counter-clockwise using your hands first, then tightening it using the money wrench or pliers.

4. Open the water handles to check the aerator if it is functioning properly and the water flow pattern is nice and smooth without any spatter or unwanted splashing showers and leaks.



  
Bathroom faucet with aerator.

Showing the aerator (with small openings) or perforations.



   

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