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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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How To Fix A Leaky Sink Sprayer

by Mike Brewer

If you notice water around your kitchen sink, it is probably caused by the sink sprayer. Because sink sprayers are used for dishes and help control the flow of water, they can get worn down over time and start to leak. Leaks commonly go unnoticed since it only happens when you operate the sprayer. Here are tips on how to fix sink sprayer leaks.

Replace the Nozzle Gasket

Leaks in the sprayer head can be caused by the gasket sprayer. Shut off the water supply to the sink by rotating the valve clockwise and run the tap to remove excess water.

Turn the spray nozzle until it comes off and the gasket. Make certain to get the right replacement.

Secure it into the nozzle. Reinsert the head, turn on the water supply, and try the sprayer. If there is no leak, you have fixed the problem.

Examine the Sprayer Head for a Loose Slide Nut

Check the sprayer head for a loose slide nut. Turn on the water the water and operate the sprayer. The slide nut should be secure.

If the slide nut has come loose, use a wrench to tighten it. Test the sprayer for leaks again. Look for leaks below the slide nut. If there is a leak, take off the spray head and slide nut.

Inspect the Hose and Crimp Sleeve

Shine a flashlight under the sink at the hose and look for leaks in the crimp sleeve. A leaky crimp sleeve means you will need a new hose and head. If you don't see a leak in the crimp sleeve, just replace the head.

Inspect the stem connection. Tightening it with pliers may stop the leak. Replace the hose if nothing works.

Install a New Unit

Sometimes, it is best to replace the entire unit to stop leaks. Turn off the water supply under the sink and clear extra water by running the tap. Remove the spray head from the hose with a screwdriver.

Run the hose below the sink and remove from the pipe. Secure the connection threads with plumber's tape and attach the new hose making sure it is tight. Install the sprayer on the opposite end above the sink. Test the new sink sprayer and check for leaks.

These tips should help you fix a leaky sink sprayer on your own. If the leaking doesn't stop after you have attempted everything, you have a leak elsewhere in the plumbing. This will require professional plumbing services to solve the problem. To learn more, contact a plumber at Smedley & Associates, Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning

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