Now that we’ve covered the basics let’s discuss some common sink plumbing repairs.
Fixing a Leaky Faucet
A leaky faucet is not only annoying but can also waste water and increase your utility bill. To fix a leaky faucet, you’ll need to:
Turn off the water supply to the faucet.
Disassemble the faucet to identify the issue (usually a worn-out washer or cartridge).
Replace the faulty component.
Reassemble the faucet and test for leaks.
Clearing a Clogged Drain
A clogged drain can lead to slow draining water and even water damage if left untreated. To clear a clogged drain, you can:
Remove any visible debris from the drain.
Use a plunger to loosen the clog.
If necessary, use a drain snake or chemical drain cleaner to break up the blockage.
Flush the drain with hot water to ensure the clog is gone.
Replacing a Broken P-Trap
A broken P-Trap can cause leaks and allow unpleasant odors into your home. To replace a broken P-Trap, follow these steps:
Turn off the water supply to the sink.
Place a bucket under the P-Trap to catch any water that may spill.
Loosen the slip nuts holding the P-Trap in place and remove the broken P-Trap.
Clean the pipe ends and install the new P-Trap, making sure to use new slip nuts and washers.
Tighten the slip nuts securely but be careful not to overtighten them.
Turn the water supply back on and check for any leaks.
Repairing a Leaking Sink Drain
A leaking sink drain can cause water damage to your cabinets and flooring. To repair a leaking sink drain, follow these steps:
Identify the source of the leak (usually around the drain flange or the slip nuts).
If the leak is around the drain flange, remove the drain and apply plumber’s putty or silicone caulk to create a watertight seal before reinstalling the drain.
If the leak is around the slip nuts, tighten them or replace the washers if necessary.
Test the repair by running water and checking for leaks.