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Using taps with 'flow straightener' removed?

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by lateintheday, 10 Mar 2021.

  1. lateintheday

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    It is once again a time where I must call upon the experts at DIYnot :)

    So the 2 taps on my bathroom sink are rotten and need replacing, I know this...

    But I've recently just popped out the plastic inserts (called flow straighteners?) as they were disgusting and impossible to clean thoroughly - One covered in limescale and one covered in black stuff.

    Lets say I never replace these taps, are there any other negative affects of having these inserts removed, other than the water not coming out as straight? (which it didn't anyway due to constant build up of disgusting stuff).

    I had to do something as I brush my teeth using this sink and I hate to think what that black stuff might have been. Photos attached.

    Also, are the taps meant to be brown and green inside?


    PS: What's the chances of me finding replacement plastic inserts? I reckon 2/10 chance :D

    Thanks everyone.

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    Nope, they really just help the hot and cold water mix and aerate

    Usually a mix of mould and particles picked up through the mains

    Just a build up on the brass, usually down to the minerals in the hard water.

    They look quite unique and seem to be just push in, so probably about right about the chances.
     
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    Hi Madrab thanks for the reply, it's 2 separate taps so definitely no other negative effects here then :)

    Sounds like I've made the right decision because of the mould then, I don't want to be brushing my teeth with that any more lol.

    And yeah they are push in, I had to pop them out with a screwdriver.

    In an ideal world I'd love to find a proper push in aerator to give the taps a bit more life,
    but really the taps just need replacing at some point, it's on my never ending life admin list :LOL:

    Thanks again.
     
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    Ah ok, just presumed it was a mono mixer.

    Yeah, replacement will probably be easier.
     
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