My Pipes Are Leaking Under My Sink, What Should I Do?
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When you notice a puddle of water growing larger by the second on your kitchen tile floor, it's time for you to pick up the phone and call a professional. Call someone to come and help you with this problem in a hurry. You are doing more damage to your kitchen by expecting the leak to go away on its own. The floor under your tiles is made of wood that will rot if you leave a puddle of water in the middle of the kitchen.
The Real Solution
If you were startled by the above scenario, you were right to feel that way. It is a startling experience to walk into your kitchen in the morning, expecting to make breakfast for your entire family, but instead of making breakfast, you have to go to the broom closet to pick up the mop and clean up that mess. It's a miserable thing to deal with, and it will only get worse if you don't take care of it right away.
If you are dealing with a leaking sink that isn't this dramatic, you should still attend to it by getting a professional plumber to visit your home. A professional with experience fixing pipes will know exactly what to do about the leak you have under your sink. The bathroom sink leaking is just as important as the kitchen sink, so make sure to get ahold of a professional to look at the situation if any of the pipes in your home are leaking.
No leak is safe. Even if you think that the guest room sink isn't important to the plumbing in the rest of the house, you don't know how often someone is going into the guest room bathroom to use that sink. It's possible that your spouse has been using that bathroom while you aren't at home.
No matter how well you think you know your family, people make mistakes. You can avoid having to fix water damage by getting a professional that works with plumbing services to come look at your leaking sink. Don't try to fix it yourself.
Leaks under the sink are very common and can be caused by a number of things, including:
- Drain - Could be leaking from old thin putty, or the drain itself could just need to be replaced.
- Water Supply Line - Could be caused by a failed gasket in the connector or corrosion of the connection.
- P-Trap - This curved pipe can become clogged and will leak if so.
- Washer - An older more worn washer can cause your sink to leak.
To tell where a water leak is coming from under your sink you should:
- Clean out everything from under the sink.
- Wipe away any leftover water.
- Dry off the pipes and plumbing from under the sink.
- Observe. Do you see water dripping from a certain place? If so, dry it off again and hold a paper towel above the spot where you think is leaking. Keep going up the pipe to see if it dampens the paper towel to find the source of the leak.
Hiring a plumber to repair a link under the sink typically costs between $125 - $350, depending on the severity of the leak. While it might look like a pretty easy thing to do, many choose to hire a plumber instead of doing it themselves. A trained plumber will be able to accurately diagnose the problem and fix it correctly. Many DIY plumbing jobs end up costing way more than if you had just called a professional to begin with, as plumbing yourself could lead to more expensive problems and water damage.
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Fixing It Yourself
You might be a capable carpenter, and you might be able to fix a flat tire. However, you are not able to cut and fit the pipes under your sink as proficient as a professional. Someone who is trained in the craft will provide a safe, sure solution to your leaking pipes. Fixing it on your own might end up costing you more money in the long run. Find a plumbing service near me to find the closest qualified professional to assist you in this endeavor. You should be able to schedule an appointment today to set up a time for someone to come out to your home to take a look at your leaking pipes.
Things You Can Actually Do
If you have admitted that you have a problem that needs a professional's assistance, then you have completed the hardest task for any homeowner to accomplish. If you are not a homeowner, then you need to speak with the owner of your apartment or other living situation and check the terms of your lease to see who is responsible for fixing the pipes. Now that you are working toward hiring a professional to assist in repairing the leak, take time to prepare the space and clean up the water.
Clean up any excess water that may have leaked onto the floor or under the cabinets. Sometimes the water has spilled in between cabinets, and you must find some way to dry the areas that are wet to avoid the growth of mold and other harmful bacteria. While it's not unusual for mold to grow from those areas, it could be dangerous to your health. To avoid harmful conditions for your family, make sure to use a or other source of warm air to dry up excess moisture. You may even want to keep a fan running in the space until the pipes are fixed by a professional.
While you wait for the professional to arrive, you might want to clear out the cabinets where the pipes have been leaking. Clearing out those areas will help keep those items from getting ruined by the leaking water. It will also help give the professional space to work on fixing the pipes when they arrive at your home.