Troubleshooting Apron Front Sink Problems
An apron front sink has a look at is both cottage and stylish, making it a great kitchen decor element. Since some apron front sinks are actually antiques, they can easily get cracked, develop leaks, and get damaged. To make sure the sink stays in perfect condition, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure that the damage, leaks or cracks gets repaired as soon as possible. Here are some troubleshooting tips.
Leaks are the most common problems that homeowners face when it comes to sink and plumbing. Since these devices are always exposed to water, they need to be sealed at all joints, edges, and corners. Therefore, if there is a leak in the sink, there is a probable damage in the sealing material used.
Sealing of leaks can be done with the use of silicon caulk beads. Silicon caulk can be bought at home improvement or plumbing shops. Sealing leaks with a caulk can be a DIY project. Preparation and application instructions are provided on the leaflet.
Always check the sink drain if it has been properly sealed. Turn on the faucet for a minute and inspect the underside of the sink to check if the water leaks. If it does, place a bead of silicone caulk around the drain. Check the sides of the sink as well and see if it has been sealed properly. If the seal has been removed or damaged (especially during long periods of use), replace the seal with a new bead of silicone. Allow the silicone to dry before using the sink again.
An apron front sink can be made of china, cast iron, stainless steel, clay, and other materials. Materials such as china, cast iron and clay corrode easily. Although stainless steel is tougher and can withstand corrosion for a longer period of time, it may still be affected by pitting corrosion especially when chemicals or acidic substances come in contact with it. The holes that are created by the corrosion can produce a nasty sight that may be noticeable even at a distance.
Repairing the holes require a product that will patch it up. Patching kits are available at home improvement stores and can be used easily even without a professional’s help. Take note that not all patching kits are compatible with the type of apron front sink that needs patching. Make sure to purchase a kit that is designed specifically for the material used to build the sink.
Cracks and Chips
Cracks and chips can be concealed easily using patching kits. But be careful if the sink in indeed antique. Before repairing or having the sink repaired, consult an antique expert to check if the patching work will decrease of increase the value of the sink. More often than not, antique experts may have a solution to cracks and chips in antique sinks. Therefore, never decide on patching antique apron front sinks all by yourself unless you are an expert.