Why Is My Kitchen Sink Leaking?
According to Forbes, just by being wary of minor leaks, you can prevent major disasters and water damage inside your home. This applies to kitchen sink leaks as well.
To get to the bottom of the problem, read on:
When a drain is installed, the plumber seals it with putty in order to prevent leaks. However, if the putty is too fine, the chances are that it’ll dry out over time. This is not always the case, though. A leak may also take place as a result of a worn-out drain.
To address the issue, the first step is to identify where the leak is coming from. The easiest way to do so is to plug your sink with a drain cover. After you’ve done so, fill it and then unplug it.
Use a flashlight to look for any signs of trouble. In most cases, the problem can be resolved by tightening the nut where the pipes meet. However, you might need an expert’s help to help you get through.
Loose water supply connections
It’s not always your plumbing fixtures’ fault. Things could go wrong with the main water supply as well. The supply connection is a bit tricky to analyze since it’s out of sight. You can tell that there’s something wrong with the main supply line if the leak underneath the kitchen sink is constant—even after you’ve fixed the drains and faucets. Another way to determine this is to simply take a tissue and blot it along the supply line. If it gets wet, you can be sure that there’s a leak.
A water link leak is usually caused as a result of corrosion or a failed gasket in the connector. It’s also possible that the main water supply connection has become loose and needs to be tightened. If tightening doesn’t work, your plumber will have to replace the gasket altogether.
Have you ever wondered what makes a washer wear out? Every time you use the sink faucet, the washer will be pressed against the valve seat. As a result of overuse, constant friction makes the washer wear out and you may start seeing pieces of it come off. As a result, there will be small leaks around the spout. This is especially a problem if you’re using a compression faucet.
The only way to deal with the issue is to replace the washer altogether.