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How to Clean a Faucet Aerator

This Old House plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey shows how to go with the flow by replacing a plugged-up aerator

In this video, This Old House plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey cleans a plugged-up aerator to keep a bath faucet flowing.

Steps

  1. Unscrew the existing aerator from the faucet spout. If it's too tight to remove by hand, use an adjustable wrench or pliers.
  2. Cover the sink's drain hole with a rag, then turn on the water to flush out the faucet spout.
  3. Carefully thread a new aerator onto the faucet spout; tighten it by hand only.