26 May Leaking pipes under the sink
Leaking pipes under the sink? It is quite common for your pipes to leak from time to time. Provided that the leaks are in small drips or slow flow, there is nothing to be concerned about. We’re going learn how we can remedy these links at home.
There are several common reasons why pipes might start leaking. It could be that the bolt has become a bit lose or that there is a gap in the pipe. We will walk through 3 different things to try out at home to remedy the problem.
#1 Assessing the leak
The first initial step would be to discover where the leak is coming from. The immediate sign of a leak is often if the cabinet is soaked with water or if there is a pool of water on the floor. If the leak is coming from the water hose, the spray of water is going to be obvious.
However, if the water is coming from the drain line, it could go unnoticed until the sink is in use. If it is a faulty seal then the sink may need to be filled and let the water stand before you begin to see the leak.
Commonly, the leak usually is indicated from where a pool of water is visible, it’s not always the case but often can be.
#2 Water supply leaks
If the water is actively spraying or actively dripping, it usually means that the faucet supply hose is under pressure. It could indicate a loose connection or a defected pipe.
The common source could be that the shut-off valves with compression fittings are not tight enough or tight as they should be. The way to remedy this is to hold the valve with one-wrench while you turn the compression nut with another. These connections can often be difficult to reach with tools such as wrenches so you may need to use locking pliers to effectively execute this step.
#3 Drain leaks
Leaks for the drain can often link back to the P-trap connection being loose, blockage in the drain pipes. It could also be potentially corrosion. Continuation of the leak trap could mean it’s important to make sure that the connection is cleaned.
For metal traps, a set of pliers may be required to assist you but typically, it can tighten the nuts by hand. If the nuts on the metal trap are hard to turn, it could very well be the case that they have been corroded. These will need to replace these. They’re easy to find at your local handyman store. A Screwfix will definitely be able to help you here.
If leaking pipes under the sink continues after you have attempted the above steps, you may require a plumber to assist you. Contact us to schedule a plumber for a site visit and to help you diagnose the problem further.
At South London Property Services, we have a team of highly skilled plumbers that will be able to assist you very quickly.