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.
- Make sure the incoming water supply to the faucet is turned off. If not, it will sprout a new spring in your province.
- 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.
- Loosen the packing nut with your wrench. Remove the stem and check for any damage to the parts.
- 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.
- 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
- Disconnect the slip nuts from both ends of the tailpiece and remove the tailpiece.
- Using a wrench and a screwdriver, remove the locking nut and remove the strainer assembly.
- Scrape off the old putty off the drain opening and from under the rim of the strainer.
- Apply some putty to the drain flange and insert the drain into the sink.
- 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.