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Common Reasons Your Sink is Leaking

Common Reasons Your Sink is Leaking

If you have a leaky faucet, you know it could lead to water damage on your floors, cabinets, and other nearby objects. Although having a leaky sink can put a damper on your daily activities in the kitchen and bathroom, it is essential to know the source before attempting to do it on your own. In that case, let us look at where it is coming from before it does more damage.  

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Loose Pipe

It may be harder to notice if you are dealing with a loose pipe due to the issue being under the sink. Since most people do not check under the sink aside from when they need cleaning or bathroom products, it may only be noticeable if you see a leak. 

However, it could cause damage to the areas around the loose pipe, like the cabinets or your floors. Look at the gasket or call a local plumber if you have a lot of damage.

Drain Leak

Suppose you live in an older house with old drain pipes. In that case, you may be looking at plumbing issues with some old plumbers’ putty, which means the watertight seal has failed. Most of the time, the sink leaking is because you have a drain issue. So, if you need to check if this is the issue, fill up the sink with the drain closed and unplug the drain after. If the sink leaks afterward, you have found your issue. 

Make sure to tighten the nuts underneath first, but if it does not work, you can open the pipes to replace the putty. However, it is best to call a plumber if you are unsure how to resolve it yourself. 

Leaky Garbage Disposal 

Garbage disposals are excellent for keeping food from clogging your drains. However, they are not always perfect, especially if they malfunction, which happens every so often. It can lose water in multiple areas: its bottom, side, or top, each having a specific cause and should be fixed separately.

  • Side fix: Suppose the garbage disposal is leaking on its side. In that case, it is most likely a faulty drain where the tubes connect to the garbage disposal.
  • Bottom fix: This issue could be because of a broken internal seal. If you live in an older home, it may be time to replace the garbage disposal completely.
  • Top fix: If your garbage disposal leaks from the top, it is most likely because of a sink flange seal. 

Clogged P-Trap

A P-trap is the drain’s curved area. Although necessary, it is prone to having water stored inside, with your kitchen sink leaking. However, because it is out of sight, it is also out of mind. If this is the case, it is caused by over-tightening the nut, poor installation, or corrosion due to time. 

Leaky Faucet

There are two ways your faucet may leak: one from the spout and the other from the fixture’s base. Your water bill will shoot up drastically, as can occur when you are not using your sink. However, it is likely the easiest leak to find, as you can see it immediately. 

In this case, you may need to replace the seal, O ring, and bearings, depending on where your leak it from. Still, if none of these fixes work, you may need to replace the sink entirely. 

Leaky Sink?

If you have a leaky sink, contact a local plumber at Absolute Heating Cooling and HVAC to fix any of the issues you have with your plumbing system. We have the experience required to help and are available 24/7 for emergency plumbing, so book an appointment with us now. 

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