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?
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
increased use of hot water
Is there anything readily available that can be used to clean mineral deposits on an aerator?
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.