Kitchen sink slow drain


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Old 12-22-20, 08:56 PM
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Kitchen sink slow drain

Hello. The sink in my kitchen has started to drain slowly and now I am noticing a minor leak underneath the p-trap.
My questions are:
1 - can the p-trap that I have (see picture) be replaced with a different one? I canít seem to find the same one at Home Depot.
2 - what are the steps to changing this p-trap? Should I try unclogging it first?
3 - Any other suggestions?
Thank you in advance.


 
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Old 12-22-20, 09:00 PM
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Yes. You would need to cut it off just past the p trap where the pipe has been painted white. (That paint will need to be completely cleaned off with sandpaper or cleaner.) You would then install a hub x sj adapter, gluing it onto the end that you cut. Then buy a 1 1/2" slip joint p trap kit, and install that into your adapter and onto your tailpiece.

Your current p trap will unscrew, there are fittings on each side of the trap that come apart.
 
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Old 12-22-20, 10:08 PM
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Why not just remove it and try cleaning it out?
It does not even look like it's lined up with the tail pipe.
I can see someone has tried using pipe dope which never should have been needed if this was done right,
 
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Old 12-23-20, 05:30 AM
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1. Yes, any trap can be replaced. But, why do you want to? Have you tried tightening the nut to get your leak to stop?

2. I still don't know why you want to replace the trap but the first step is to remove it and clean it out. It's a 5 minute job and 3 minutes of it is finding your wrench and a catch pan to put under the trap.
 
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Old 12-23-20, 07:01 AM
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Your leaking is from misalignment. Traps are notorious to be plumbed properly. Clear the clog as others have said, re-align the tail piece going into the trap. A firm hand tight is all hat is necessary to seal a trap that is properly plumbed. BTW... what you have is a 1 1/4 standard bathroom sink drain converted to an 1/1/2 drain pipe. This seems to be more and more common among new builds and remodels.

Just a side note (all plumbing people will know this): all drains will always go from small to larger sizing as is drains away. Never go the opposite direction.
 
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Old 12-23-20, 08:31 AM
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Thank you for your suggestions. It would appear one of the nuts (the lower one) has been glued on or something. Itís impossible to unscrew it. Any suggestions how to loosen it up without cutting the pipe off completely? Thanks.
 
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Old 12-23-20, 10:08 AM
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If it is glued on you will need to follow my initial instruction... Cut and replace the trap.
 
 

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