Kitchen Sink Sprayer Problems: Determine the Cause

What You'll Need
Household soap
Pair of plastic gloves
Cleaning brush

Most kitchen sink sprayer repairs are easy-to-handle, if you know how to identify the problem affecting the sink’s performance. The design and other aesthetic features of contemporary sinks might have evolved tremendously over the years but still, sinks continue to put forth some maintenance issues. A kitchen sink sprayer develops some typical problems due to its constant exposure to water and cleaning chemicals along with repeated, daily usage.

Identifying Kitchen Sink Sprayer Problems

A household kitchen sink sprayer is susceptible to three, common problems. These can be identified by following these instructions.

Problem 1 – Identifying Kitchen Sink Sprayer Aerator Problem

You need to carefully examine the tip of the sprayer. Most mineral deposits are found in this area. They obstruct the flow of water and cause water-splashing. Other common symptoms of mineral deposition include substantial decrease in the water pressure. This happens due to mineral deposition in the aerator holes located at the end of the faucet. Blocked aerator holes hinder the outlet of a uniform spray of water, often exerting undue pressure on the faucet, causing it to leak. The aerator is an easy-to-check part of the kitchen sink sprayer. An aerator can be manually inspected without the services of a plumber. It can be easily cleaned with a brush and some mild soap.

However, if the water-flow is still depressurized and is accompanied with misting and water bursting in short, high-pressure spurts, you need to look beyond the issue of a blocked aerator.

Problem 2 – Identifying Kitchen Sink Sprayer Valve Problem

The diverter or the diverter valve is a small, plastic device located within the faucet. A diverter’s smooth functioning is necessary for ensuring a regular flow of water without any pressure-related issues. The diverter can be easily checked by unbolting the sprout of the kitchen sink sprayer. This can be easily done with household tools like pliers. You should inspect the valve for cracking or for mineral deposits that are wearing-out its inner surface. If the mineral deposits have been stuck for a long time, they might not be easy to scrape-off. You need to dip the diverter into a vinegar solution for a few hours to assess its condition. If the mineral deposits loosen, the diverter can be still be used and if not, it needs to be changed.

Problem 3 – Identifying Kitchen Sink Sprayer Hose Problem

If your kitchen sink sprayer has issues like excessive leakage even after fixing the diverter, the problem could be with the hose. Often called the sprayer hose, it tends to get worn-off after a period of sustained usage. The sink hose can be easily retracted since it is not embedded in any complex contraption. You need to check the entire length of the hose for any cracks/holes. Hoses often crack due to the chemical residue in cleaning solutions and reactions induced by acidic foods. Usually, a weathered hose cannot be repaired. Repairing it is a demanding and expensive undertaking. It is advisable to replace the hose. Standard-size, kitchen sink sprayer hoses are available at most hardware supply stores.