Many people are concerned about their water supply quality, but many homeowners fail to realize that it is possible to complete some simple maintenance that can improve the quality and flow of their water supply. So, here we’ll look into the topic in a little more detail, so you can appreciate the importance of screening your water.

Clogged Screen Basics

All kitchen and bathroom fixtures are equipped with an aerator. This mini screen is fitted at the end of faucets with the intent to increase the levels of air in water flows. This is designed to prevent the water from spraying with excessive force or at an odd angle that can cause splashing and mess. Unfortunately, the screen inside each aerator can also become blocked. These screens filter out sediment and particles contained in the water, so if it becomes blocked with mineral deposits, such as in hard water areas, or sediment buildup, your water pressure will become lower and lower. A clogged screen can also cause an erratic spray.

Maintenance Tasks

Fortunately, there are some simple measures that can be taken for screening your water and avoiding clogged aerators in your faucets and showerheads. You may already be aware that annually draining water heaters can flush out the sediment that has accumulated in the bottom, but it is also a good time to check your aerator screens to check for clogs. When left unchecked, an accumulation of debris can cause damage, including rust that can compromise the lifespan of your water heater or fixtures that are caked with minerals and hard water residue.

Even if you’re diligent with your hot water heater flushing, it is still possible to have clogged aerators that become blocked with an accumulation of debris and particles. Fortunately, there is an easy fix to remedy this issue, as aerators are simple to disassemble. You can then remove the screen and clean it before replacing it.

Cleaning Up After a Blocked Screen

If you have had blocked showerheads or faucets in your home, you can clean the screens to restore your water flow. Unfortunately, blocked screens can also create stubborn stains on fixtures as hard water particles cause unsightly marks.

These types of stains are often resistant to conventional cleaning products, but there is no need to buy an expensive treatment. White vinegar is inexpensive, but is an effective method for cleaning up hard water deposits and aerator filters. If you have a particularly stubborn build up, screens can be soaked in a white vinegar water solution to soften the accumulation and allow effective cleaning.

If you are struggling with hard water issues and would like to know more about improving your water quality, be sure to speak to a water treatment professional. An experienced water treatment technician can help you to find the best treatment solution that will minimize hard water staining and prolong the lifespan of your water heater and water using appliances. This will allow you to feel confident that your water supply is not only efficient, but clean and safe for your family and home.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.