There are many drain leak repair companies and free lancers available at a call’s distance who can help stop the unusual flooding from the floor. However, if the proper equipment is available, the rectification can be done by the owner himself just by knowing the simple basics and hence save on the service charges. The fault area can be discovered by merely checking the connections. The most common reason for leaks is loosely tightened screws where the P-trap connects to the body. Other problems can include broken parts, blockage of the drain leading to overflow, cracked seals etc. Follow the following step by step procedure.
- Joint Compound
- Manual of the drainage system
Step 1: Confirming the Leak
Confirm the leakage location by checking the drainage area. The final point is where the water is coming out from. Diagnose the location for tilted points, broken joints or snapped pipes. Once the correct source has been established, the drain repair mechanism can be commenced.
Step 2: Turn off Water Supply
Close the lid on the water supply to stop the flow of water to the drain. This would enable proper removal of the part. Avoid getting wet from any dripping water that might have become stagnant.
Step 3: Check the Pipes
Threads keep the pipes intact and in position. With the help of the wrench, unscrew the nut attached to it and check for cracks on the interior and the exterior. If the pipes are fine, look at the threads which might be broken due to wear and tear.
Step 4: Replacement
This would depend on the problem area. If it was found to be the threads, replace the nuts by removing the old ones (slide the nut from the tail side). On the other hand, if it is the pipes, then new pipes corresponding to the leaking section would have to be placed.
Step 5: Adjusting the Pipes
The newly connected joints should be adjusted so that there are no bends which may block the water flow. Nut being the main connecting item, should be tightened properly. The joint compound would further strengthen the area providing better utility against leaks.
Step 6: Final Check
Restart the water supply slowly to allow water to flow again. Monitor the repaired area for any leaks. By opening the valve slowly, the pressure is gradually transferred to the pipes to avoid breakage in case the problem has not been fixed. If the steps have been performed correctly, there should be none.
The drainage pipes are meant to carry heavy volumes of water on a regular basis. They should be kept clean at all times. Because of their smaller dimensions, at times the flow can be blocked due to foreign particles. This leads to overflow from the back end once the pipe is completely clogged. Under such cases, the clogging would have to be removed by using vacuum pumps.
If the problem is still not solved, there may some technical problem which the plumbers would be able to identify. Call one of them to get the job done.