If you're experiencing a leaking sink, it's important to address the issue as soon as possible. Not only can it waste water and increase your monthly bill, but it can also lead to water damage or mold growth in your home. Fortunately, Drainage Cumbria is here to help. As a drain repairs company in Cumbria, we've done several repairs of leaking sink drains in the area. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to repair a leaking sink drain in your home.
Before you get started with the repair, make sure you have the following tools and materials:
Before you begin any repair, make sure to turn off the water supply to the sink. You should be able to find the shutoff valves under the sink. Turn them clockwise to shut off the water flow. If you can't find the shutoff valves, turn off the main water supply to your home.
To access the sink drain, you'll need to remove the sink strainer. The strainer is held in place by a locknut underneath the sink. Use your slip-joint pliers to loosen the locknut by turning it counterclockwise. Once the locknut is loose, you should be able to remove the strainer from the sink.
Before you replace anything, check the condition of the washer or gasket that sits between the sink and the strainer. If it's worn or damaged, it's likely the source of the leak. If it looks good, check the condition of the washer or gasket that sits between the strainer and the drainpipe.
If the washer or gasket is worn or damaged, you'll need to replace it. Take the old washer or gasket to your local hardware store and purchase a new one. Apply a thin layer of plumbers putty to the underside of the new washer or gasket to help create a snug fit. Place the new washer or gasket in the appropriate location and tighten the locknut by turning it clockwise.
Once the washer or gasket is replaced, you can put the strainer back in place. Apply a thin layer of plumbers putty to the underside of the strainer to help create a snug fit. Place the strainer back into the sink and tighten the locknut by turning it clockwise. Use a towel to wipe away any excess putty.
Now that you've replaced the washer or gasket and secured the strainer, turn the water supply back on to the sink. Check for any trickling sounds or water coming from the sink drain. If the issue has been resolved, you're done! If you're still experiencing an issue with water coming from the sink drain, it's best to call a professional plumber.
Repairing a leaking sink drain can be a simple process, provided you have the right tools and materials on hand. Drainage Cumbria is always here to help if you need assistance with a repair or have any questions about drain repairs in general. We're a trusted drain repairs company in Cumbria and are happy to be of service. If you're located in the North West England area and need any help with your sink drain or other drain-related issues, don't hesitate to give us a call at 01228 734162 or email us at [email protected].