DIY Drains: What You Need to Know About Sink Repair

DIY Drains: What You Need to Know About Sink Repair
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    A number of problems can affect kitchen and bathroom sinks.

    Some of these problems can actually be repaired at home with just basic tools, and some new parts.

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Four sink repairs are simple enough for you to do at home on your own.

Stopping a Leaking Faucet

Leaking faucets are often caused by a corroded or worn O-ring or washer. You can replace this by using a screwdriver to remove any decorative covers on the knobs for the faucet. Unscrew the screw underneath to reveal the stem. Remove the stem by pulling it out or twisting it out. You should now see the O-ring and the washer. If either piece looks dirty, worn or broken, then you can purchase a new one and replace it. Reassemble the faucet. This will stop most common leaks.

Clearing a Clogged Drain

Clogs are sometimes in the P-trap just under the sink. Start by placing a bucket under the pipes to catch any water. Loosen the fittings at each end of the P-trap. Gently remove the P-trap, and let the water drain out. Clean the P-trap, and if the trap looks worn or corroded, then replace it. If there is no clog in the trap, then you will need to call a professional Calgary drain cleaning service since the clog could be much deeper in your plumbing system. Replace the P-trap and tighten the fittings to see whether the clog is gone.

Fixing Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure can actually be caused by any number of things. Low water pressure in the sink is often caused by problems with the aerator. The aerator can become encrusted with minerals and debris. Purchase a new aerator for your faucet. Unscrew the end of the faucet with your fingers or a wrench. You should see the aerator inside. Replace it with the new aerator and put the end back on. If the problem isn’t with the aerator, you might have to call in a professional for help.

Repairing Leaking Drains

Leaking drains are actually pretty easy to fix. The leak can come from the seal around the drain, or from the P-trap underneath. If it is the seal then you need to disconnect and unscrew the drain with a wrench. You can scrape out the old putty and put in new putty. If it is the P-trap underneath, then use a wrench the tighten all of the compression fittings. If the leak continues, you might have corroded pipes and will need to replace the leaking segment.

Never attempt to do a sink repair unless you are confident in what you are doing. You can seriously damage your plumbing if a mistake is made. If you are in doubt, then call a professional for help.

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