The Ultimate Spray Hose Repair Quiz
by Staff
Although the thought of fixing your own plumbing may be a little scary, with the right information and relevant tools, many home-plumbing problems can be fixed without calling in a professional. Take this quiz and see how easy some of these repairs are.

Can you disassemble the spray head body and lever?

  • If you use the proper tools, it can be done.
  • This unit is sealed and should be replaced.
  • Only a qualified repairperson can disassemble the spray head body.

If the shutoff valves are closed, which water supply, the cold or the hot, will continue to flow in the spray hose?

  • hot
  • cold
  • neither

What does the aerator do?

  • increases the flow of water
  • decreases the flow of water by mixing air with it
  • prevents air from mixing with the water

What is one of the common signs indicating that the an aerator needs to be replaced?

  • increased water flow
  • steadier stream of water
  • decreased water flow

What is one of the likely causes of a clogged aerator?

  • low water pressure
  • mineral deposits
  • increased use of hot water

Is there anything readily available that can be used to clean mineral deposits on an aerator?

  • vinegar
  • oil
  • coffee

If you find water dripping off the flexible hose under the sink, what should you check?

  • See that the faucet is closed.
  • Check the different hose connections.
  • Decrease the water pressure.

What is the easiest way to check for a leak in the hose?

  • Turn off the water and run your fingers along the hose.
  • Dry the hose and place newspaper underneath it.
  • Turn on the water and check under a bright light.

Is a diverter valve really necessary?

  • not unless you use the hot water more than the cold
  • yes, because it controls the flow of water between the faucet and the spray hose
  • no, because the purity of the water has improved

If the hose is blocked, how can you clear it?

  • Disconnect it and leave it in the sun to dry.
  • Flush it with vinegar.
  • Insert a length of wire and push it through to the other side.