How to Remove Recessed Faucet Aerator

Have you noticed that every time you turn on your faucet the water pressure is lower than it used to be?

This is actually a quite common problem in households, and while most people’s first reaction is to call a plumber there is in fact a really simple solution to this problem.

The trick is to locate the aerator on the end of the faucet spout and remove it.

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How to Remove Calcium Deposits from Faucet

As we all know, every household needs to deal with calcium deposit stains every once in a while.

Calcium deposits, also known as limescale, usually come from water that contains softened calcium salts (calcium carbonates). Water that contains a high level of these minerals is commonly known as hard water.

Hard water is easy to notice, the first signs that you are having this problem are white stains and build-up around your faucet. The build-up may also take a yellowish tone and this could be an indicator that there is also some iron in your water and this can lead to your sink being blemished and rusty.

But before you rush and call your plumber to the rescue, you can try out this method to try and take care of the problem yourself.

All you need are a few supplies that you probably already have sitting around in your home. So, let’s begin.

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Cold Water Tap Makes Loud Noise: Causes and Fix

When problems with plumbing occur in our households we lose our minds.

As an individual living in the 21st century, you become very dependent on running water inside the house. You cannot imagine your life without it!

Even if your house is brand new, or you take good care of the pipes, faucets, and drains, you have professionals inspect them from time to time, a mishap can still happen.

Sometimes the problem is not with water supply or pressure; it’s with unusual and unexpected sounds that come out of your faucet.

No, your pipes are not haunted. You don’t need to call ghostbusters, but rather a plumber!

But firstly, you’ll need to establish whether the taps are maybe vibrating, producing a screeching high-pitched sound or banging or knocking sound. Perhaps only your cold water tap seems to make noise while the hot one is all fine.

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What to do When the Faucet Makes High-Pitched Whining Noise

When I moved into my first proper apartment with my friend, the biggest problem we faced was the “screaming” faucet in our bathroom.

We called it screaming because if one of us went to the bathroom in the middle of the night, the other one would, without fail, jump out of bed thinking someone was being murdered.

However, this seems to be more than a common problem in today’s houses. The faucets can make high-pitched sounds when turned on, and this problem is neither too complex nor too costly to fix.

You can even do it yourself and save yourself from a long process of moving out as we did. I know, it seems stupid, but the noise was unbearable and the building was quite old so we thought we might as well move out.

But guess what, this also can happen in newer buildings – usually for a different reason on which we will elaborate later.

Anyway, let’s see what the most common causes of “whining” faucets are and some possible solutions.

We should preface this by saying that if you decide to try to fix anything plumber-related in your house yourself, always turn off the water supply first, and then proceed.

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Replacing Shower Trim without Replacing Valve

When a shower trim is old, rusty or you would simply like to change it for a better-looking one, it brings up one important question: Is it possible to do so without having to make a hole in your wall?

On the other hand, some will think about the cost of changing the whole valve, so it is the best solution to simply just change the shower handle.

However, that’s not easy as well since there are different types of valves you might face. In that case, you will need to determine which type of valve you have installed in your bathroom.

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How to Install a Shower Valve with Sharkbite

Installing a shower valve can surprisingly cause some unpredicted plumbing problems.

Using a traditional plumbing method for doing this could also create threading problems on the pipe, so you could make yourself a serious plumbing issue, and might be forced to call a plumber.

That being said, it is the perfect time to think about an easier alternative, which you can pull off on your own, without gluing the pipes or connection problems.

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How to Remove Flow Restrictor from Bathroom Faucet

A flow restrictor is a convenient tool that is able to limit your water consumption. It’s installed in most of the faucets inside your household and it regulates the water pressure as well as the consumption of water.

Not only that the reduced water pressure helps to keep a healthy environment, but also, it helps a homeowner with the water bill as well. However, if you suffer from low water pressure, removing the flow restrictor is essential.

In that light, let’s see how to remove a flow restrictor from your bathroom faucet. Let’s begin.

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How to Clean Faucets with Vinegar

If you live in an area with hard water, it’s safe to say you’ve had to do the irritating laborious work of cleaning your scummy faucets. No one wants to clean faucets with heavy, dangerous chemicals even if they do their job.

They usually do not come cheap in price and can prove bad for our health if we spend too much time inhaling them. Not to mention that scrubbing away can be energy draining.

Many neglect the fact that some of the cheaper and safer substitutes can be found in everyone’s kitchen – such as white distilled vinegar.

Vinegar is one of the safest and most environmentally friendly way to clean almost everything in your household – from your windows, work surfaces, showerhead, and those stubborn, grimy lime scale-ridden faucets.

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How to Clean Corroded Faucet

We live in the modern age of economy, technology, and the internet, so we often rely on these tools to help us solve our everyday problems. And it is also absolutely fine to call a handyman and simply pay to solve the issue.

But do we nowadays depend too much on other people, and could we solve an easy problem like cleaning a corroded faucet on our own?

Sinks in our homes can surprisingly become the origin of all kinds of diseases, corrosion, and rust.

And of course, that is a big problem, considering how much time we spend on cooking and cleaning the dishes in the kitchen or washing our hands in the bathroom sink.

That being said, let’s see how can you clean a corroded faucet. Let’s begin.

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How to Clean Tarnished Chrome Faucets

We can all agree that bright chrome finishes are quite appealing in the bathroom, and even more in the kitchen. You might agree that chrome is very beautiful when it’s polished to a shine.

However, it doesn’t take long before chrome polished surfaces get tarnished and dirty.

In a way, chrome finished faucets are easy getting covered with water stains, debris, and all sorts of other dirty and nasty build-ups. In that case, chrome faucets will easily start to tarnish and they will lose their beauty.

But, that doesn’t have to be the case with you as well. With a few simple tricks, you’ll be able to restore your chrome faucets to their prime beauty and shine.

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