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How to Easily Fix Your Sink or Tub Diverter Valve

By Edited Jul 13, 2015 0 0

Have you ever had a problem with a faucet's spray hose in your sink or your tub? If you have, and you didn't know how to fix it, you probably had to fork out the cash for a plumber. Want to avoid the expense and hassle next time? Follow these easy and simple instructions to fix your spray hose by yourself.

There's more than one way to fix a faucet's spray hose. Before you can get out your tools, you will first need to figure out exactly what the problem is. After identifying the problem, you'll be able to confidently get to work and fix your spray hose without calling a plumber or throwing your arms up in frustration!

Is there definitely a problem with your diverter valve in your spray hose? If so, below you will find the steps you need to follow to get things working the way they should be again. If the problem is somewhere else, do some research about other problems with spray hoses. It could be a problem with the spray hose aerator. Or perhaps the problem is originating somewhere else; you could just need to replace the faucet or replace the faucet's spray hose completely. But if the problem is definitely with the diverter valve in your spray hose, keep reading for the solution...

Tools That You'll Need to Fix Your Diverter Valve

  1. Replacement valve
  2. Pipe wrench
  3. Screwdriver
  4. Pliers
  5. Toothpicks

Instructions for Fixing Your Diverter Valve:

1. Remove the Sink Spout

To do this, loosen the screw on top of the spout. Then unscrew the threaded spout ring (this is sometimes a nut instead). Go ahead and carefully lift the spout out of its socket. Once you've done this, you will see the valve underneath.

2. Remove the Valve

How you remove the valve will depend on the type of valve you have. Certain valves will be simply set in place, which makes it really easy to lift them straight out. All you do to remove those kinds of valve is grab them with your pliers and lift them carefully out. Now, other kinds of valve may be held in place by a screw. In that case, you'll need to first turn the screw enough so that you can free the valve. Once the valve is out, disassemble it (if possible).

3. Clean Everything

This is where the toothpicks come in. You'll use them to clean any and all parts - the valve, screws, etc. You should avoid using metal tools for cleaning, because these could scratch the metal parts or damage them in some other way. Also flush all the parts with water (don't use harsh chemicals though). Use a soft cloth to dry the parts or just let them air-dry.

4. Reinstall Valve

If you were able to disassemble the valve in step 2, now you will reassemble it. Go ahead and put everything back the way it was before.

Conclusion: If You Still Have a Problem

After you've finished the job, you should test the unit right away. If there still seems to be a problem, this means you will have to actually replace the valve. You have to replacement a valve with the exact same kind of valve. To be sure you get the same kind, write down the faucet manufacturer's name and also the unit model number. Then get online and search for your new valve. You should be able to buy a new valve for your faucet's spray hose for cheap.

If even this doesn't fix the problem, you may need to replace your entire faucet spray hose.

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