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Waving Your Magic Spray Wand

Don’t you hate it when you wake up in the middle of the night wondering if your kitchen sink sprayer attachment is leaking?

You don’t?

After this perhaps you will.

It is very common for kitchen sink sprayer attachments to leak. 

When they leak, they have a nice little funnel that the hose attaches to that drains the leak into the sink cabinet below.  If you have a ton of stuff under your sink like I do, this leaking can go on for quite some time before it gets noticed.

It is a really good idea to get down on your hands and knees once in a while and check.  Remember, every time you turn your faucet on, there is pressure against the sprayer head—whether you are using the sprayer or not. 

Many people have sprayers they never use and therefore have even less chance of noticing it might not be behaving itself.

Here is a short little video of how much it can be leaking without knowing it.


Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle.

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Comment balloon 22 commentsCharles Buell • July 16 2015 05:02PM


Thanks for sharing! I never think about checking the sprayer. Now I will!

Posted by Jennifer Ferri (Title Junction, LLC) over 3 years ago

I have had one of these each of the past two weeks!  Usually I have to pull stuff out of the cabinet to be able to see the leaking.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

My hubby just did this at the rental property....thank goodness for videos!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 3 years ago

I had one of those a couple weeks ago, dribbled down the hose and under the cabinet. Luckily it was a vacant house so no "stuff" to go through!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

I have the kind of faucet that can either be a normal running water stream or push a button and it turns into a sprayer. With that being said, I still check under the sink every Saturday for leakes when I get out the cleaning products to do the weekly cleaning. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) over 3 years ago

Hi Charles - Great. Another source of middle of the night anxiety. I hope I remember to check it when I get home, but I'll probably forget about it until I get up to pee at 3 am.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 3 years ago

Just because I've also worked part time with my Principal Broker/Property Manager I relay this information to the new tenants...CHECK under the sinks once in awhile...even better, put your cleaning supplies in a plastic tub under the will perhaps save you from big leak damage...not to mention mold. When you take out one of those cleaning products, it will be wet..if leaking under there and be a warning if it's been leaking awhile.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 3 years ago

Jennifer, I think a lot of people are not aware of this common leak point

Jay, I love it when the helpful bucket is present

Kristin, sometimes videos can be great for sure

Fred, it always amazes me how much they can leak and not show above the sink at all.  Typically when I pull out the hose and see it running down the hose is the first indication that there will be water under the sink as well

Nicole, it probably still has a hose that can pull out does it not?  That kind can leak too---but usually ends up dripping into the sink instead of under it :)

Dick, I love keeping people up at night :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 3 years ago

Sally, ageed, trays to catch leaks are a good idea under our sinks

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 3 years ago

I will have to check this out. Oh wait, I don't have a sprayer!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Charles Buell - that is pretty common and that's why if one does not use sprayer, one does not want to even have it.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 3 years ago

Too late!  Fortunately it was just overnight that my leak occured.  I use my sprayer a lot  We fill our coffee maker with it and our doggie bowls regularly.  I filled my doggie bowls and it wasn't leaking.  The next morning I pulled that little hose up and it was spraying a fine mist into my face. Oops.  I had a box of epson salt that soaked up all the water that leaked.  But you can bet I keep a super close eye on it now.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 3 years ago

Evelyn, I think you are safe then :)

Praful, good point---might as well nip it in the bud

Tammy, and that is the thing.  It is not a matter if they will leak but when they will leak

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 3 years ago

Hey, Charlie,

I included this one on today's list of last weeks favorites! 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Thanks Pat

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 3 years ago

Oh vey. It probably happens often.  I don't have a sprayer, but if I did I could see it going unnoticed.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 3 years ago

Thank you for the post. We replaced the sprayer last year as soon as it started to leak.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 3 years ago

Hmmmm.  We have a sprayer. Time to do a visual inspection!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, over 3 years ago

Great advice....our sprayer is now part of our faucet in our new ktichen...lessening this problem.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 3 years ago

Debbie, I suspect you see a lot of lfoors damaged by leaks

Gita, hopefully you caught it in time

Kat, report back to us :)

Sally and David, yes, some of that type do, but some do not.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 3 years ago

Thank you kindly for one more thing to keep me awake at night!!

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) over 3 years ago

Charles - One more leaky spot in a house is just never a good thing though being aware of the potential issue is.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 3 years ago