Like any other part in your kitchen and bathroom fittings, the faucet aerator is an essential part. Faucet aerators not only save the water but also makes your daily chores smooth and efficient. Its working style usually depends on the type of aerator you have fitted to your faucet. As a self-sufficient homeowner, you should have a piece of perfect knowledge about little things that can go wrong with your kitchen and bathroom fixture and how to fix it.
Now a day, we have all types of information and tools available at our fingers tips. Be it regarding the products we own, then why not use them. These tools will not only save you from a drastic increase in your bills. But also reduce water wastage in case of malfunctioning of the fixture.
What is a faucet aerator?
A faucet aerator is a device that allows air to enter multiple water streams that creates the feeling of high pressure of water. It means you are using less water but with the same sense of fullness. You have to install the device on the tip of the faucet. It has a thin mesh sheet in the middle to create multiple water streams while adding the air in between.
What does the faucet aerator do?
Faucet aerators being their name suggest, add air in normal water coming from the supply pipes. It reduces the splashing and enhances the washing experience with a smoother water stream. Depending on your choice, you can select from various types of aerators. Some faucet aerators have water restrictors in the center of the mesh screen. These restrictors can limit water flow up to 1.5 gallons per minute. It appeals to homeowners for reducing utility bills by using less water.
Faucet aerator maintenance
Maintenance of faucet aerators is an easy task. You still need to know the basic repairing and cleaning procedures. Faucet aerators tend to leak due to clogged net screens. Mineral deposits from hard water can build up in the aerator and around it. That makes the water stream inconsistent. To revive your defective faucet aerator, you have to unscrew it and clean the debris and buildup. Take a brush with stiff bristles and brush the net screen. If the mineral deposit is difficult to remove, dip the aerator in vinegar overnight. The next day it will come out clean.
Faucet aerator removal tools
Sometimes it is difficult to remove the aerator because it has a mineral deposit around it. In this case, you have to use a faucet aerator removal tool that usually comes with the repairing kit. Following are some of the removal tools that you can use while repairing the faucet.
Danco’s 10909 Multi-use aerator key tool
Tools like Danco’s multi-use aerator tool are crucial when deciding to fix the uneven and slow flow of the faucet. Household and other tools can scratch the surface of your faucet aerator that does not seems nice. It can make the look of a whole fitting slightly awful. Therefore, using the right tool for the installation and removal of the aerator is necessary.
Compatibility It can fit most of the popular brands usually available in the houses. Sizes included Quarter (Standard size), Nickel (Junior size), Penny (tiny junior), and Dime (tom thumb size). Use coins to make it easier to identify the size of the faucet aerator.
Durability The tool is of durable material and can last you a long time. This metal tool comes with a warranty of a year.
Handy tool The aerator key weighs around 2.08 ounces and, its dimensions are 1.87x 4.87x 2 inches. Lightweight material accompanying reliability makes it a super handy tool.
VGL GROUP LLC Aerator key and removal wrench tool
Compatibility. This Aerator key will work for most of the brands. Brands such as NEOPERL, Delta, Moen, Kohler, American Standard, Danze, Groche. Its plus shape includes four heads for four different sizes of aerators. The standard size of the faucet aerator will be equal to a quarter, junior size is equivalent to nickel, tiny-junior will be similar to the size of a penny, and tom thumb size is like the size of a dime.
Durability The material used for the key is plastic and, it can survive many repairing processes if you use it carefully.
Weight and Dimensions The tool weighs 0.64 ounces and, its dimensions are 0.8 x 0.5 x 0.8 inches.
Moen 137401 Eco-Performance Aerator Flow Restrictor Service Kit
This Moen eco-performance flow restrictor service kit includes the key for easy removal and installation of the faucet aerator and a replacement aerator with a chrome finish. The replacement aerator available in the kit will approximately restrict the flow to 1.5 gallons per minute.
Compatibility The key is compatible with most of the Moen faucet series with the standard size aerator. You can easily remove the existing aerator and install the new flow restrictor replacement aerator with the help of this key.
Durability The key is made up of plastic, ideal for removing and installation of aerator even if it is hard to remove the aerator. The replacement aerator is of metal with a chrome finish.
Weight and Dimensions The weight of the product is 0.81 ounces and, the dimensions are 2.5 x 2 x 3 inches.
T&S Brass 015425-45 Dual VR Aerator Key
T&S brass dual aerator key will fit almost every brand faucet aerator. As it is a dual-head key, it will work with two of the standard sizes of aerators. Those are regular and junior. It will make the removal and installation of an aerator a hassle-free task.
This tool will work on most aerators with regular and junior sizes. The Standard one will be equal to a quarter and, the junior one will be equal to a nickel. It is a flat square shape key with different head sizes on both ends.
Durability This tool is of durable material that is metal. Also, it has notches on its head to fit the aerator so, it will not scratch the finish like any other plumbing tool.
Weight and Dimensions The weight of this tool is 1.6 ounces and, the dimensions are 3 x 1 x 5 inches.