Low Water Pressure? Check Your Faucet for Clogs

Dripping faucet

Is your faucet clogged or are you experiencing low water pressure? This is likely due to calcium buildup on your faucet’s aerator.

The Water Department has simple instructions on how to fix this along with answers to common questions about this issue.

What causes my faucet to clog or have low water pressure?
These clogs are due to the buildup of calcium, a common natural mineral in many municipal water systems. This can occur more frequently in smaller valves such as a kitchen or bathroom sink or when near a heat source such as a hot water heater.

Calcium buildup is typically white in color. If your faucet has a different color buildup or your water comes out anything other than clear, it may be an indication of trouble with your home’s plumbing or fixtures.
How do I fix this?

Calcium buildup often accumulates on the aerator, which is the small plastic or metal mesh insert at the tip of the faucet used to create a soft flow and minimize splashing. To fix your faucet, remove the aerator by unscrewing the end of the faucet.

The aerator can be cleaned by hand, with a brush or by soaking it in vinegar for approximately one hour to dissolve the calcium. Once the aerator is removed and being cleaned, turn on the faucet fully for approximately 15 minutes to help remove additional buildup in the water line. 

Is calcium harmful for me to drink?
No. This is a natural mineral found in all municipal water systems.
You can learn more about this topic and other frequently asked questions about the Township’s water by clicking here.