How to Fix a Leaky Kitchen Sink Drain Pipe

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What You'll Need
Waterproof sealant
Caulk gun

A part of the kitchen that is frequent used is the kitchen that makes this a candidate for repairs when a sink drain pipe gets clogged up. The sink drain would be trapped with various materials and components from the cooking and washing activities that would trigger eventual clogging of the pipes. The normal problem of clogging is easy to solve unless a serious item caused it in which case the help of a plumber would be needed to correct the problem. There are a few components making up the kitchen sink drain like the strainer, rubber gasket, metal washer, and a big lock nut that may need to be dismantled in case clogging is heavy.

Step 1 - Initial Inspection to Determine Leaks and Clogs

Position a bucket to catch leaking water from the drain pipes. Make a thorough inspection of the drain basket, which is a filter-type that attaches to the hole of the sink basin to determine whether sink debris is strained to allow water to pass through it. The cause of leaks is tricky to determine. The test to determine leaks on the seal is when water is run; it forms the shape of the pipe and is thoroughly flowing through the pipe. Another way to initially check on leaks and clogs is to ensure connections are fixed right.

Step 2 - Inspection of the Seals and Pipes

Make a check-up of the pipes and seal of the kitchen sink to determine that the connections are securely tightened. Check on the washer if it is damaged as well. A wrench is used to detach the drain pipe from the drain basket as well as to release the lock and the washer. It can then be removed by hand if the parts are loosened. Cracks on the seals and pipes can now be inspected. If there are cracks seen, replacement of the parts should be done. If these parts are in good condition, check on the parts underneath the sink basket.

Step 3 - Checking of Component Parts of the Drain Basket

Dismantling of the drain should be done to check on the components. Remove the strainer that is part of the sink basket with pliers. Take out the drain basket and apply sealants underneath it. Apply with a caulk gun sealants to the top of the water basin as well. Smooth the sealants that are placed. Let it stand for some time to dry.

Step 4 - Assemble Back the Parts

Reassemble the parts of the drain basket. Sealants should be applied to securely tighten the parts that were attached. All screws and washers that are part of the connections should be tightened as well.

Step 5 - Sealants

Allow the sealants that were applied to dry for 2 to 3 days to ensure that the connections are secure. Check on the leaks again by turning on the water. If leaks are still detected, apply more sealant as needed.