Understanding Kitchen Sink Sprayers
A handy tool for directing spray, our kitchen sink sprayers take a lot of abuse. We twist them, jerk on the nozzle attachment, let them race back into the cradle with a snap and in general ignore the fact that if they begin to leak, we can have serious problems in the cabinet below.
So what is the best way to insure this useful device doesn’t become a source of water damage? The first step is to do a quick check every time you finish using it. Is there a dribble around the nozzle cap? This is the very tip, if this is leaking it will run water down the hose and into the cabinet space. A quick fix is to simply hand snug the cap. Do not use pliers or tools but simply hand tighten. There is a small O-ring that is preventing this leak and if it is over-tightened you will actually pinch it so instead of preventing leaks it is the source of the leak. If you have hand tightened the cap and it is still leaking; you may need to replace the O-ring. This is a simple process. Remove the cap, take the small black rubber ring out and see if it looks damaged. Damage will be a flat spot or possibly even a tear. It’s inexpensive to replace and can be found at most hardware stores.
The second thing to check is where the wand or actuator attaches to the hose. Letting the sprayer race back to smack into the cradle can create leaks in this area. The correct way to return the sprayer is to keep hold of it and let it gently go back into place. If there is a leak in this area you may not notice it until there is water under your cabinets. Look under the area the hose is hanging under the cabinet and feel around for any dampness. If there is, it is probably coming from the hose to actuator attachment and that needs to be repaired.
If you have children washing the dishes who like to let the “hose run free” even after you’ve tried to explain the need to protect that fitting, you can replace the weight on the hose with a lighter one so the hose will not return as quickly.
A little preventative maintenance now can save you a lot of problems later.