One of the easiest and most common ways to lose money in your home is through water leaks in your system. Leaks in your toilet, sink and other parts of your system can go undetected and add hundreds of dollars to your expenses over the year.
One of the least sought-after parts of your plumbing system that can end up causing you money is the sink sprayer and diverter. Most kitchen sink sprayers have a spray head attached to a hose, which is connected to a diverter valve in the faucet body. When you squeeze the spray head handle, the diverter valve re-routes water from the faucet to the spray head hose. If you have problems with your sink sprayer it may be because of a leak or it could be the following:
- If the flow is sluggish, make sure the hose isn’t kinked.
- The aerator could be clogged; clean the aerator in the spray nozzle.
- Continued sluggishness may mean diverter valve problems.
- Clean the valve or have it replaced.
- If the spray head leaks, remove it from the hose and replace the washer.
- For a leak at the faucet end of the hose, tighten the hose coupling.
- If the hose itself leaks, it’s probably cracked. Replace it. Simple as that.