06 Feb, 2012
Low flow, I don’t like the sound of that!
Posted by: Nick the Greek In: Uncategorized
Calm down this is not Seinfeld, low flow is your friend. Installing low flow faucet aerators is one of the most
effective water saving strategies you can do for your home. Faucet aerators are Inexpensive and easy to install, low-flow faucet aerators in conjunction with low flow shower heads can reduce your home water usage as much as 50%. Low flow aerators are 2.2 gallons per minute or less. If you check your current faucet aerators and they are higher than this than you should replace them. If you do not have faucet aerators currently than you definitely need them.
Water conservation is not only good for the environment, but the savings in utility bills will pay for the investment of the aerators within a apx 60 days. Faucet aerators typically cost around $5 so this is a very inexpensive investment.
Faucet Aerators mix air into the water stream to increase and create steady even pressure. This will actually give you a better stream of water if you currently do not have faucet aerators. So low-flow does not mean you are giving up pressure.
Installing faucet aerators is relatively easy. Typically you will not need any tools to install a faucet aerator. Unscrew the old aerator and simply screw the new one on. If you have difficulty getting the old one off you can do a few things to help. First try using channel lock pliers to loosen and remove the aerator. One additional option is to take a plastic bag with white vinegar in it (or CLR) and hang it on the faucet with a rubber band and let it soak submersed over night. This should eat away at the calcium buildup that is most likely the reason the aerator is stuck. You should then be able to easily remove it. After your new aerator is on simply turn on your water to make sure it’s securely on with no leaks and you should be good to go.