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Removing the Aerator on a New Faucet

When you purchase a new faucet, it's important to remove the aerator and run water through the faucet. This flushes out any sediment that might get trapped in the aerator. Here's how it's done.


Video Transcription

Hi, Iʼm Tom from Signature Hardware. Youʼve just installed a brand new faucet. Before you start using it, there's something very important you'll want to do.

You're going to want to remove the aerator and run water through the faucet. This helps to keep hard water deposits and sediment from getting trapped in the aerator or in the faucet handles. Itʼs really a very simple process that anyone can do, so letʼs get started.

You may need a couple of tools for the job, nothing fancy, just pliers, and a rag.

The first thing we are going to do is remove the faucet aerator. The aerator helps give your faucet a steady controlled water flow and actually conserves water. It is located right at the tip of the faucet where the water comes out. Simply unscrewed the aerator from the faucet with a clockwise rotation using your hand.

Canʼt get the aerator unscrewed by hand? Well, thatʼs why we have the pliers. Place your rag over the aerator to protect the finish, secure with the pliers and turn clockwise to unscrew the aerator from the faucet. Make sure that you remove the rubber washer between the aerator and faucet.

Now place the aerator off to the side and turn on the taps for about 15 seconds. The water will flush out any sediment in the waterlines.

Next turn off the water and screw the aerator back onto the faucet in a counterclockwise motion. No need to use the pliers here. Hand tight should be just fine.

Thatʼs it! Youʼre done and your new faucet is ready for action. If you have any questions check out signaturehardware.com. or call customer service at 1.866.855.2284.

Thanks for watching!