Kitchen Sink Drain Repair Kitchen Sink Drain Repair

What You'll Need
Rubber-ended hammer
Strainer drain kit
Clean cloths
Putty knife

On occasion a kitchen sink drain may need more than the annual unclogging. Regularly maintaining your drain should keep all serious problems at bay, but unexpected accidents can result in leaks. Kitchen sink drain repair sometimes requires the help of a professional plumber. But you can deal with other repairs, such as leaking strainers, if you possess some home improvement knowledge and tools.

Step 1 - Turn Off the Water

Before you start fixing your kitchen sink drain, close the water valves which are located just beneath the sink.

Step 2 - Disconnect the Kitchen Sink Drain

Take off the end of the drain that connects to the strainer. Use your pliers to unscrew the nuts and bolts which hold the piece in place. Then remove this piece of the pipe and check that it is not blocked with debris. Lay it to one side.

Step 3 - Check the Sink Strainer

Using your wrench, remove the strainer nut, or have a friend do this while you hold the sink strainer. Wiggle the nut loose and remove it from the strainer. You should now be able to tap the strainer loose with your rubber-ended hammer. If you have correctly loosened the part, the strainer should fall into your hands. After removing this part, use your putty knife to clean the old caulking around the drain hole.

Step 4 - Replace the Strainer

You should apply a new layer of caulking to the sink before you push your new strainer down onto the surface. Tighten the nut. While you are replacing the strainer, take out the two washers that are connected to the bottom of the basket and replace them with new ones. Washers cost only a few cents each, but they can be the cause of leaking within pipes.

Step 5 - Replace the Pipe

You should replace the pipe, in case of cracks or leaks within the pipe itself. New pieces of piping shouldn't cost much at your local hardware store.

Place the new piece of pipe under the two washers and slide it into the bottom of the drainage area. Using your pliers, tighten both of the connection nuts which you had previously released. Then caulk around the edges to ensure that the pipe is completely watertight.

Step 6 - Test the Kitchen Sink Drain

Now turn on the water and run a little through your new drain to ensure that the leak has disappeared.

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