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How to Fix A Spraying Faucet

If your faucet has slowly started spraying water out of its mouth where it once flowed freely, you are experiencing a common problem anyone who’s ever washed their hands has probably faced. So, what’s the deal?

Most likely, it’s your water.

We happen to live in an area that has fairly “hard” water. That means our water has high levels of calcium and magnesium. This is the reason you see a white, salt-like residue on your stainless steel sink where the water drips or sits.

It is nothing to worry about, but it can be a pain to deal with. And it is probably the reason your faucet is spraying.

Over time, these mineral deposits will build up on your faucet screens and shower heads, causing an errant flow and probably annoying you in the process.

Good news, it’s easy to fix!

All you need are some pliers, a rag, and maybe a little white vinegar.

  1. Wrap the rag around the faucet aerator. This will help prevent scratching.
  2. Grip with your pliers and turn clockwise to loosen. Once loose, you should be able to remove by hand.
  3. Clear any loose debris or buildup from the faucet and screen.
  4. Then place the O-ring and screen in a bowl of vinegar, and let sit. The vinegar will loosen any build up collected on the screen.
  5. Rinse off your aerator, screen, and O-ring, then re-assemble!


Now, your faucet should flow as smoothly as it did the day you installed it!

There is a way to soften your water, too.

There are a few different ways to soften your water, if you so choose. Water conditioning systems can be custom fit to your needs, and can cover everything from your whole house, to just one particular point of use.

If you’d like to find out more about our water filtration services, call us at 270-443-1067. And remember, we are available 24/7 in the case of a plumbing emergency!