Understanding Plumbing Problems

There aren't many household systems more confusing than plumbing, which is why I stopped trying to fix mine on my own. I realized that taking things apart was increasingly more difficult, so I stopped guessing and started looking for a trained expert who could come out and help. When I found the right professional, it was amazing to see how much easier things were. They went through, evaluated my plumbing system, and made changes that changed my home from the inside-out. Check out this blog to find out more about how to avoid plumbing problems and when to hire a professional of your own.

How To Fix A Leaky Pull-Out Faucet

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If you have a leaky pull-out faucet, you don't always need to replace the whole faucet, but delaying repairs can increase water bills. Most pull-out faucet leaks are caused by clogged parts or damaged hoses. You should be able to fix the sink yourself by following these steps.

Prepare to Fix the Pull-out Faucet

To repair the leak, gather:

  • plastic gloves
  • toothpick
  • white vinegar
  • paper towels
  • adjustable wrench
  • flat-blade screwdriver
  • slip-joint pliers
  • electrical tape
  • replacement hose 

Look for the shut-off valves under the sink base, and shut the water off by rotating the valves to the right. If the sink doesn't have valves, or you can't locate them, shut off the main water supply. 

If the sprayer works, but not the faucet, check the faucet aerator (faucet head) and screen for damage and debris. Unscrew the aerator, soak it in vinegar for thirty minutes, and clean the screen in the same manner, removing debris with the toothpick. Replace damaged parts.

Remove the Old Hose

If the hose seems to leak, access the chrome hose under the sink, and look for the weight, which commonly hangs from the hose. Weights may be attached brackets or plastic looped through the hose. Don't remove plastic weights yet, but detach the brackets with the screwdriver. 

Open a tap to drain remaining water. Unscrew the spray wand from the spout with the adjustable pliers, keeping a firm grip on the small washer so that it won't drop down the nozzle. To avoid screw or nut damage, wrap the pliers' jaws with electrical tape.

Pull several inches of the hose through the spout to keep it from falling into the basin. Disconnect the other end of the hose from the water supply hose using the adjustable wrench, then disconnect the head from the hose, using the slip-joint pliers. Soak the sprayer wand in equal parts of water and vinegar for half an hour.

Install the New Hose

Unscrew the other end of the hose underneath the sink, but don't pull the hose from the faucet in this position. Remove the hose from the spout, and use it as a guide to buying a replacement.

Insert a paper towel into the new hose end, or attach the plastic plug in the kit to stop debris from getting in the hose while you attach it. Feed the plugged end of the hose first back through the spout, and reattach the sprayer wand, using the adjustable wrench to tighten hardware, but avoid making connections too tight.

Reattach the sprayer to the spout, the hose to the sprayer wand. Reinstall hose weights, remove the plug or towel, and fasten the other end of the hose to the supply line. For more information, contact a company like BUCKEYE PLUMBING INC.

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21 April 2018