A leaky sink can cause a lot of problems. If the leak is under the sink, it can flood the cabinet and also damage the materials stored in it. When a faucet is the culprit, it can lead to messing up your kitchen and a lot of water is lost. If the problem is small, it can be solved easily. If done wrong, repairing a sink can turn out to be a headache. There are two types of leaks to be addressed, faucet leak and under the sink leak. We have some do-it-yourself tips for both of them.

Faucet leaks

  1. Make sure the incoming water supply to the faucet is turned off. If not, it will sprout a new spring in your province.
  2. With a simple prying flat-head screwdriver, pry open all decorative parts of the handle knobs. Underneath each knob, there will be a screw. Remove the faucet handle by unscrewing it and prying it with the flat-head.
  3. Loosen the packing nut with your wrench. Remove the stem and check for any damage to the parts.
  4. Inspect the O-rings and washers inside the valve seat, they could be a cause of the leak. Replace the old washer with a new one. Make sure your O-rings and washer are of exact size as the old one.
  5. Slowly and carefully, assemble the parts, while maintaining the proper order. Once the faucet is installed, turn the knob and check for leaks

If the problem still persists, call upon a plumber as the problem may be bigger than it seems.

Under the sink leaks

These leaks can be because of two reasons, leaky sink strainers and leaky p-trap pipes.

Fixing a leaky strainer

  1. Disconnect the slip nuts from both ends of the tailpiece and remove the tailpiece.
  2. Using a wrench and a screwdriver, remove the locking nut and remove the strainer assembly.
  3. Scrape off the old putty off the drain opening and from under the rim of the strainer.
  4. Apply some putty to the drain flange and insert the drain into the sink.
  5. Place a rubber gasket and a friction ring over the trainer, from beneath the sink. Secure the gasket and reassemble the contraption carefully.

Fixing a leaky p-trap pipe

If the p-trap pipe is leaking, it can be because of a loose connection, a blockage in the drainpipes or metal trap corrosion.

Try tightening all the compression nuts. If it still leaks, give it a good cleaning. Try cleaning the drain pipe with an auger if you suspect a blockage. If the nuts on the trap are corroded, it may be a signal for you to replace the trap.

If at any step in the process, you are unsure of what is to be done, contact a professional plumber immediately. The wrong step can cause more damage and a missing part will lead to your kitchen or bathroom flooding immediately.

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  • Drew

    July 8, 2015 | Reply

    A leaky sink can be a hassle if you don't know the source of the leak. Great advice on how to fix the different possible causes. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Drew

    July 8, 2015 | Reply

    A leaky sink can be a hassle if you don't know the source of the leak. Great advice on how to fix the different possible causes. Thanks so much for sharing!

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