I have a problem with my sink. I am wondering if anyone might have ideas
about what I can do to solve the problem. My sink has a sprayer attached to
it. When you use the sprayer the water to the sink faucet is temporarily
stopped. When you stop using the sprayer the water to the sink faucet
Over time, when I use my sprayer the sink faucet still lets water out.
This decreases the pressure from the sprayer. I am wondering if there is
something simple I can do to fix this? It seems the mechanism, which holds
the water from going out of the sink faucet, is failing. I would appreciate
any ideas you may have about this.
Every such faucet has a "diverter" valve built into the
base of the spout assy. You will need to find the Mfr name
to get specific instruction how to disassemble.
Depending on the brand and model, the parts may be
readily available (or not).
1. As Speedy Jim said, replace the diverter
2. Buy a new faucet
3. Right handed? Stick your left thumb over the faucet
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On Thu, 24 Mar 2005 22:25:25 -0500, "Chuck and Erika Douglas"
I just replaced the diverter on my 5-year old kitchen faucet and it
was very simple; I didn't even have to turn off the water feed.
FortunatelyI knew my manufacturer (Moen) and model number because I
saved the box, and they sent me the diverter with instructions for
As it turned out, the diverter wasn't the source of my problem (water
*only* came out of the faucet). It was the button on the sprayer
handle which had gotten stuck in the down position. I disassembled
the sprayer head and got the interior plastic button loose with a
needle-nose pliers. It still sticks on occasion so they are sending
me a new sprayer.
(The funny thing is that I really did "buy it for looks" and I'm
amazed at the service!)
Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself!
It's not always the diverter valve.
Anything restricting the flow through the hoze and nozzle can cause that
failure to switch the flow over completely. (At least on my Delta single
I had the same situation as the OP, and swapping in a new diverter valve
didn't alter the situation. Turned out the a rubber washer at the joint
between the hoze and the nozzle had swollen and restricted the flow.
The diverter valve needs some minimal amount of back pressure from the
hose in order to flip the flow over completely. Simply punching the hole
in that swolen rubber washer made the sprayer work perfectly again.
Try taking the nozzle off the hose first and see if the flow diversion
works as it should. If it does, look for a restriction (Could be plugged
nozzle holes too.), If that doesn't help, then go after the diverter valve.
I had this problem wtih my Bridgewater faucet. The problem turned out to be
sand and particles in the center.
The solution: The "spout is the part in the center that swings" It has a big
nut that you can unthread. If it's not too badly rotted on. Remove this big
nut. You might call it a "cap".
Gently turn on one or the other faucet, and a plastic assembly will lift out
of the center. From where you just unscrewed the cap. You'll spill some
water, migh twant to have a towel or sponge handy.
Note which direction is up and down. Bang the little plastic thing on the
counter, and maybe take it to another sink to rinse out, and bang it some
more on the other sink.
Reinsert. Screw cap on spout. Try it again.
Remit $48.50 for advice.
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