A leaky sink can cause a variety of issues to your house. In excess water, it can lead to mold, damage to the cabinet for the sink, damaged material and an increased cost for water. It is crucial to have the damaged sink pipe replaced as quickly as you can to minimize the damage that is caused due to the leak. If you’re an active person and wants to replace your own plumbing, take these actions:
Step 1. Preparing the Space
The first step is to locate an appropriate bucket enough to fit underneath the curving portion that is the P-trap (the curving plumbing pipe for the sink). This will enable you to capture any water that could leak out as you disassemble the pipes. Be sure to shut off water shutoff valves in order to stop the possibility of someone inadvertently turning on the water as the drain is being dismantled.
In the next step, you’ll have to check the dimensions of the pipe using the aid of a tape measure. This will help you purchase the proper size components to fit your sink. It will also aid in cutting the new pipes to the correct dimensions. You can purchase these new parts from any hardware shop.
Step 2: Detaching the Pipes
Start by removing the P-trap connector from the tailpieces in the sink. These are pipes which run downwards from the sink and drain. It is necessary to grasp each nut individually and then turn them counterclockwise in order to let them loosen. In the event that you find your nuts tight it is possible to make use of adjustable pliers to loosen them. If they don’t move then you might need spraying lubricant on the traps of the metal in order to let the threads loosen.
Then, turn the connected pieces upside down and let the water drain into the bucket. Then, put them aside. If the traps are attached to a common tee remove the connections from the tee, and then remove the other part. If there are additional pipes that are blocking the manner, you are able to take them apart.
Step 3: Drain Tailpieces
If you find that your drain tailpieces are too short or have corroded it is necessary to take them off. The damaged drain tailpieces may be the reason for the leak. To eliminate them, take them off your drain, turning them clockwise using adjustable pliers.
Step 4: Put in the new pieces
It is now time to install these new pieces of tailpipe. Make sure they’re sufficient in length to reach at the very top of your drainpipe inside the wall. This will make sure that the new tailpieces aren’t too small (this can cause an opening that can lead to the possibility of a leak). If your drainpipe is below the floor, you should make sure that you extend the new tailpieces at least 2 feet above the base of your cabinet. If you need to, alter the dimensions of the new tailpipes by cutting them using the aid of a hacksaw.
If you must cut the pieces and match them up, you can do this by matching the new pipes to the ones you took out. Choose a pipe with exactly the same size in diameter generally 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches. If you’re working on the kitchen sink, then you might be interested in using PVC pipe. PVC pipe as it doesn’t carry the same corroding risk that metal pipes do.
Step 5 Step 5: Reassemble your Sink Together
Connect your sink back together using the compression fittings to the pipes and tightening nuts manually. After you’ve completed this it is time to install your new traps. Place each trap on the tailpieces of its respective pieces and tighten the nuts then turn them around to connect to the pipe that will lead towards the drainage. Attach the trap’s end to the trap, and tighten the nuts.
Step 6 Check Your Sink
Once you’ve completed assembling your pipes, then you’ll be able to test the drain and sink pipes. This can be done by filling the sink with water, closing the drain so that the water can drain out. This will allow you to make sure you have a connection that is secured and there are no leaks. If leaks are occurring because the connection is tight, it is possible to fix it using adjustable pliers.
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