The area under the kitchen sinks is often ignored by homeowners because it is located behind the cabinets, most of the time hidden behind boxes and bottles. But, not performing regular maintenance in this area can lead to irregularly working plumbing system. Have a look at some common kitchen sink problems.
Cause: Loose Connection
The pipes and water hose under the sink can start leaking due to the loose connections. These loose connections could be a result of improper installation of the plumbing system or because it is too old to withstand the test of time.
How to Check
Before checking, let the pipes under the sink dry for some hours. Once done, open the faucet and let the water drain from the pipes. Wipe the pipe connections under the sink with a tissue. If you notice wet spots on the tissue, you have loose connections.How to Fix
Locate the loose connection and make it absolutely dry. Wrap extra layers of Teflon tape around the connection or secure it with Epoxy seal. Check the leaks again. 

Cause: Damaged Pipes
Over time, the kitchen pipes may crack or corrode. Cracks can develop because of outdated material or high water pressure. Corrosion or rust can develop because of regular hard water use. Ignoring these can lead to serious pipe damages.

How to Check
Open the plumbing system under the kitchen sink. Check each pipe separately. Run water through these pipes and check for crack. But, if you notice the water running out of the pipe is brownish or bluish-green in color, understand that the pipes are corroded from inside. External corrosion is easy to identify.

How to Fix
Cracked or corroded pipes cannot be fixed. Call a professional plumber and get the pipes replaced.

Cause: Cracked Surface
Cracked sink rims or surface around the rim can provide space for water to seep in and leave from under the sink. These cracks can develop with time because of regular use in the kitchen.

How to Check
Make the entire surface around the sink and under the sink dry. Pour a little water over the sink rim and surface, patch by patch. Look for leaks under the sink using a flashlight. If you notice water dripping there, you probably have a crack in the sink rim or surface around the sink.

How to Fix
Locate the crack and caulk it using cement or silicone caulk.

Clogged Garbage Disposal
Homeowners often treat garbage disposal drain as a trash bin and flush anything and everything through it. Larger products like vegetable leftovers can clog the drain pipe.

How to Check
Open the sink tap to its maximum and notice the water drainage. If the water drains out very slowly, you have a partially clogged garbage disposal drainage system.

How to Fix
Pour baking soda and warm vinegar solution to clear the clog. If it still exists, call the professional.
These are temporary solutions to prevent the leaks from under your kitchen sink. To stop these leaks permanently, you can contact our professional Edmonton plumbers. They have in-depth experience of fixing any kind of leakages.

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