Fixing a leaking sink is no easy task unless you know how to repair it step by step. And the problem just doesn’t end there. More often than not, it is extremely difficult to figure out where the actual leak is and whatever’s triggering it.
If your sink is leaking, it can either be due to a drain gasket, a leakage in the drain route or a pressurized water hose leak. However, if you’re certain that none of these reasons are triggering the leakage, it’s time to get in touch with a plumber.
Find out all about repairing kitchen sink leakage in the following steps stated below:
- A pressurized water hose leak
A leak due to a pressurized water hose is usually generated by loose fittings in your tap. Turn off the tap immediately to stop the leak temporarily and find a wrench from your tool kit. The wrench will help you to get a grip of the valve. Use your hands to tighten the compression nut.
Turn the tap on again to see if there’s any further leakage. If the leak’s still there, tighten up the joint between the faucet and the pipe with the help of flexible pliers.
- Drain gasket
All you need for fixing a leakage from a drain gasket is plumber’s putty or silicone chalk. For this to work out, you will have to detach the sink drain of all the screws. Get rid of the formerly used putty around the sealed area first and apply a fresh layer of either plumber’s putty or silicone chalk on it. For the final step, secure back all the screws to the sink drain.
- A leak in the drain line
If your sink is leaking due to a problem in the drain line, it might be because of corrosion, loose fittings or a jammed drain. A jammed drain is a lot of work if you have never unclogged a drain before. However, if you are fixated on doing it on your own, you can either use products bought from the store, read the instructions and manually act accordingly. If not, you can use the classic method of adding baking soda and vinegar, followed by hot water. Since this may cause a vigorous reaction, do your research well before carrying it out. Conversely, you can also use a plunger.
Nevertheless, make sure to tighten all the joints and compression nuts before you end up unclogging the sink. Since the leak may also be due to corrosion, in that case, you will have to change the necessary fittings or pipework.
If you’re lucky enough, you will be able to repair the leakage on your own by following the steps mentioned above for each problem. However, if none of these methods work out for you, call a plumber to fix the leakage. Make sure you get rid of any items that you usually keep beneath the sink so that you can access the actual point of leak.