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Repairing things at home is always daunting, especially when it’s your first time dealing with a problem. How hard can it be to fix a leaking sink? There are many reasons for what might have caused the issue, from the most minor to the most urgent. We will go through common problems and their solutions and how you can handle this situation. Sometimes the problem might require calling a licensed plumber, as the state laws in Australia require. Let’s go!
First things first, let’s start by locating the problem. Equip yourself with a bucket or a large container, towel, flashlight and patience.
After locating the issue, turning off the main water valve and equipping yourself with the tools you need, it’s time to get to business so you can finally fix that leaking sink. Below you can find the most common problems and their solutions.
After you’ve done your inspection and noticed that the leaking is constant and not only when you use the sink, then the problem is most likely in the water supply line. It’s under pressure all the time, which causes constant water dripping. So that’s why it’s hard to miss if there’s a problem with the valves or the supply line itself.
Solution: Try tightening the retention nut on the supply valve. If the leaking continues, the valves of the supply line need to be replaced. They can get loose from contraction/expansion, and they can deteriorate from age.
However, problems can also come from the water supply pipes. If they’re damaged and leaking, you can apply pipe sealant to stop the leak. If this doesn’t help, the whole system might need changing. If you’re not confident you can do that on your own, you should definitely call a professional plumber.
This plumbing emergency demands immediate attention, so let’s get straight to the point.
Solution: Start by calling a plumber in your area! Then, shut off the valve under the sink or the main water supply to your home. Be careful with any electrical connections that might have gotten wet during the accident. Turn off nearby appliances! We don’t want any electrocutions over here.
A temporary solution to stop the leaking is to duct tape it. Clean and dry the area before application. You can conceal pinpoint punctures, but remember that this might not hold up for too long, as the water pressure might loosen it until it starts leaking again.
A solution that will last longer is to secure the pipe with a sleeve clamp or a hose clamp. It can fix smaller to more significant leaks. It comes with a gasket material that you wrap around the pipe before securing the sleeve clamp. A piece of rubber is used for the hose clamp. It’s placed on the pipe with the hose clamp tightened around it. That should do!
The best solution is to replace the burst pipe. That’s the permanent solution to your problem.
This leakage type is only visible when the sink is being used. The pipes can be plastic or metal, and how you fix them is different.
Solution: If the drain pipes are plastic, try tightening the nuts with your hands. In case the leaking doesn’t stop, you can take the joints apart and add sealant to them or silicone grease. If that doesn’t help also, you might need to replace the pipes.
Check the material from which your pipes are made. Those that are metal, like brass, copper, galvanise, etc., might be rotting, so you will have to replace them. If not, just hand tighten the nuts and then with pliers.
Do you see that U-shaped pipe under your sink? That’s the P-trap. The p-trap has multiple services, one of which is stopping the sewer gasses from coming back into your home. Over time it can get clogged, which causes it to overflow, and you can see the result of that as a leakage.
Solution: The solution to fixing a clogged P-trap is easy. Get a bucket and roll up your sleeves, as it’s going to get a bit messy. Put the bucket under the P-trap. Disconnect the trap and empty it in the bucket and then reinstall it back on. When you reassemble it, tighten the nuts but don’t over-tighten them.
One of the most common leaks in a household is a leaky basket strainer. It can be caused by broken parts that need replacement. The good news is that you can get a new basket strainer assembly at a reasonably low price.
Solution: Unscrew the strainer, clean the sink’s surface until it shines, and then dry it out. Inspect the assembly if it has broken parts. If it doesn’t, you can still reuse it but clean it and dry it first. In case it’s broken, use a new strainer. Repack with plumber’s putty. Clean up the excess putty with scrapers and dry cloth.
Drip, drip, drip, drip. It can make a person go insane. Not to mention the cost of the water bill at the end of the month.
Solution: First, you need to find out which side of the faucet is dripping. The quickest way to do that is to place your hand under the dripping tap and feel the water. If you’re still unsure or think both sides might have issues, underneath the sink, you should have two valves – one for the hot and one for the cold water. Turn off one at a time to determine which side causes the problem. After that, turn on the faucet to empty it of any residual water.
Remove the handle and retainer nut. Pull out the cylinder. You can replace the whole cylinder with a new one or only its seals. If the valve stem is ceramic, unscrew it and pull it out. Then remove the gasket and clean everything under running water. Add a bit of a plumber’s grease and reassemble everything back together. You can use a new gasket if needed.
When the mixer tap leaks, it usually drips underneath the sink, making the illusion that the problem is somewhere down there.
Solution: First, turn the water off. Remove the handle and dome of the mixer tap. Inspect the locking nut – is it too loose? If yes, tighten it with a wrench and see if that fixes your problem. If not, continue disassembling the mixer tap. Near the base of it, there is a seal that might have ripped apart and needs replacing. If it’s intact, clean the built-up on and around it and assemble the mixer tap again. Gunk can be getting in the way and causing the leak.
Disclaimer: We are a commercial home maintenance service provider. Our purpose with this blog is to provide valuable and accurate content for solely informational purposes. We strongly advise our readers to consider all the risks and health concerns before taking a DIY project. We also highly recommend you get fully informed about the laws and regulations regarding electrical, plumbing and other work in the different states of Australia.