Sink Repair | Plumber Sugar Land

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Sink Sprayer Problems | Plumber Sugar Land

A sink sprayer is a handy accessory to your kitchen faucet, and one of the most neglected devices in the kitchen. Over time, the mineral deposits in hard water can cause sink sprayer problems with the aerator, or diverter valve. The majority of homeowner’s simply replaces the entire sink spray when issues occur, yet those with even slight experience with an aerator can clean and restore the spray function issues within the aerator. However, cleaning and/or replacing the diverter will require knowledge of a faucet and its parts. Cleaning and/or replacement of the diverter valve are best left to a plumber in Sugar Land. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Sugar Land can provide sink sprayer repair for you.

Almost all faucets have an aerator on the tip of the spout that mixes air and water for a strong, smooth flow. You should clean aerators periodically to remove mineral buildup.

A kitchen sink sprayer has a spray head attached to a hose, which is connected to a sink sprayer diverter valve in the faucet body. When you squeeze the spray head handle, the diverter valve reroutes water from the faucet to the sprayer. Like the faucet, the sprayer has an aerator on its tip, which will require some maintenance due to hard water build-up.

  • Ensure the hose isn’t kinked when the flow is sluggish. Shut-off valve may be kinking the hose, use pipe insulation on the hose to prevent this.
  • Clean the aerator in the spray nozzle.
  • When cleaning the aerator doesn’t restore a full spray, diverter valve problems may be the cause of a poor spray.
  • Clean the diverter valve or replace it, a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Sugar Land can provide this service for you.
  • For a leaking sink sprayer head, remove it from the hose and replace the washer.
  • For a leak on the faucet end of the hose, tighten the hose coupling.
  • If the hose itself leaks, it’s probably split or cracked, replace it.

When a sink spray clogs, it can cause the diverter valve to malfunction. Other sink spray maladies can be corrected with new washers or a new hose. Persistent problems are likely to be located in the diverter valve, which is located inside the faucet’s base. Cleaning the diverter valve may correct the issue. Otherwise the valve must be replaced. This is a job recommended for a plumber in Sugar Land due to the intricacies of faucet design.

Cleaning the Aerator

Turn off the water at the faucet’s shutoff valves or the home’s main shutoff valve. Open the faucet handles to drain the pipes.

Unscrew the aerator from the end of the spray nozzle. Disassemble and set the parts aside. Lay them in the order in which you remove them for accurate reassembly. Clean the screens and disc with a brush and soapy water; use a pin or dental pick to open any clogged holes in the disc. To remove stubborn mineral build-up, soak the disc in vinegar for approximately 20 minutes. Brush with a soft toothbrush, ensure the holes are open. Repeat as necessary, rinse and replace any worn parts before putting them back together. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Sugar Land can provide these services for you when you are uncomfortable doing so yourself.

Repairing the Hose

When the hose leaks at the spray head remove the sink sprayer head by unscrewing it from the base. Separate the hose from the coupling by snapping off the retaining ring. If the hose washer under the coupling is damaged, replace it; then flush out the hose.

When the hose leaks at the base of the faucet spout, unscrew the locknut under the sink. Inspect the hose for defects, such as cracks. If the hose is deteriorated replace it with a new one of the same diameter and length. Accessing the locknut can be difficult, when you require hose replacement or other plumbing repair a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Sugar Land can provide the service for you.

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