Beyond the Faucet: Toronto Plumber’s tips

Water released by a faucet makes a
circuitous journey. It pours out of a spout, shower head or kitchen-sink hose,
sometimes going through an aerator where it mixes with air to produce a
splashless stream, then flows past a stopper or pop-up plug, onward through a
strainer at the base of the bowl or tub into a water-filled trap , and finally
enters the house drainage system.

Compared to the faucets that set the whole
process going, these flow-and-drain fixtures are relatively simple. Locating a
trouble spot is easy and the jobs that must be done are usually straightforward
repairs or replacements.

Here are some home plumbing tips. You can find much more on Plumber Toronto website

The difficulty of the jobs is in getting at
a fixture and reassembling its components in the correct order. Some of the
fixtures are nestled under sinks, basins and tubs, where work space is cramped
and special tools may be needed to unscrew fasteners. Others consist of
intricate combinations of small parts, which must be fitted together precisely.

The combination of sink spout, aerator and
spray presents the full range of this problem. An aerator unscrews easily from
the end of the spout and should be removed periodically for cleaning, because
minute amounts of grit in the water supply will quickly clog it. But an aerator
will not do its job if its internal parts are replaced incorrectly.

The spray head also contains an aerator;
here, clogging can block the action of the diverter valve that switches water
from spout to spray. Concealed in the base of the spout, this valve is the most
delicate component of the entire assembly. Like aerators – though far less
often – it can clog up, and even a clean valve will not work if its covering fills
with grit or dirt. If you have cleaned both aerators and still have problems –
low or uneven water pressure, or a failure to switch smoothly from spout to
spray and back again – go to work on the diverter valve.

The sturdiest, simplest component of all –
the spray hose – is, paradoxically, the hardest to work with. Replacing the
hose calls for tight maneuvering under the sink, often between two adjoining
faucet pipes. In these close quarters the plumbing tool called a basin wrench
may offer the only way of getting at the nut that holds the hose in place.

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