The last thing you want to deal with when you are expecting a house full of guests for Thanksgiving is a leaking kitchen sink. However, with a few supplies you can fix the issue rather quickly and get back to the festivities.
Determining the Type of Leak
The first thing that you need to do is determine what type of water leak you have. The first type of leak will come from the water supply hose. If this is where the leak is coming from, water may be spraying everywhere under your sink. The second type of leak is from the drain line. This type of leak will only be obvious when you are using your sink and water is draining; there will be drips of water with this type of leak. The third type of leak is from a faulty seal, which you may only notice when you fill your sink up with water and cover the drain up.
Leak Type #1: Water Supply Leak
If the leak is coming from the water supply itself, there are a few things that you can do to fix it. First, you can look to see if there is any breakage on the actual supply line to your sink. If there is breakage, you can put rubber cement over the crack to seal it. Later, you can have a plumber replace that line.
Second, you can check and see if the shut off values are turned tight enough. Sometimes, leaks are a result of a shut-off valve not being in the right position. If you have shut-off valves in under your sink, they may have gotten bumped, resulting in the link. If you have a hard time tightening the shut-off valve, use a wrench to do so.
Leak Type #2: Drainage Leak
The second type of leak is a leak that comes from the drainage line. With this type of leak, the first thing you are going to want to check is the p-trap under your sink. Food and other kitchen junk can get stuck in the p-trap. Use a wrench to remove the screws holding it in place and wash out the p-trap.
At this time, you should also use a plumbing snake to clean out the drainage line. This will help get rid of any blockage in the drainage line.
After you have cleaned the p-trap and drainage line, reattach the p-trap and tighten up the compression nuts on the trap.
Leak Type #3: Sink Drain
Finally, if you suspect that the drain is coming from around the sink drain, you are going to want to unscrew the drain from your sink. Clean off the drain, they apply plumbers putty to the drain opening. Screw the drain back in place. This should stop any leaks coming from the sink drain.
If your kitchen sink starts to leak this Thanksgiving, determine what type of leak you have and then take the appropriate steps to fix it. If your sink still leaks, talk to a plumber like Silverdale Plumbing & Heating Inc for more assistance.