How To Handle Common Plumbing Problems With Your Sink

28 March 2016
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There are a number of ways that your plumbing can break down, but few things are more frustrating than plumbing problems in your sink. To help restore your sink to working order, here are some common problems and solutions:

The Faucet

The faucet is incredibly important when it comes to getting fresh water to your sink. Not only can you get a leaky faucet, but you could also get a clogged faucet.

  • To deal with a leaky faucet, you want to specifically take a look at the aerator, which is the tip of the faucet. Dismantling the faucet may seem daunting, but the aerator often simply unscrews. If it appears to be dirty, then you want to clean up as much as possible. Run the faucet with the aerator detached, and see if the flow of water has changed significantly. If it appears to be working properly now, then reattach the aerator and wait a few minutes to see if the leak resumes.

  • Clogs are a little more complicated, since they can occur deeper in the plumbing. Again, you will want to take off the aerator and see if that restores the flow of water. If there still isn't very much water coming out, then you might need to take a look at the rest of the faucet. If this is too complicated, then a plumber should be able to find the clog in short order. However, if the problem is limited to the aerator and if you are unable to remove whatever is clogging the aerator, then you should be able to buy and install a replacement cheaply.

The Drain

The sink drain can also cause you problems, often in the same ways. However, leaks and clogs in the drain will lead to problems that are dramatically different from those caused by leaks and clogs in the faucet.

  • Leaks in the drain section are often very visible, simply because they often appear in the plumbing that is beneath the sink. This should be easily accessible, and if you do notice a problem in the pipes, then you can probably fix the problem yourself. If you can, try to tighten the connection between pipes. If that doesn't work, then you should be able to replace the pipe section without spending too much time or effort.

  • Clogs are a bit trickier, but they can be easily fixed if you have the right materials available. A small plunger should do the trick as long as you make sure to form a seal with the lip of the plunger, but if you are looking for a different solution, then baking soda and vinegar will do nicely as well. Add about half a cup of baking soda and some hot water to the drain, wait a few minutes, then add half a cup of vinegar and wait. The clog should be gone, but if it isn't, then you can repeat the process once or twice more. Contact a company like RK Knight Plumbing for more information or assistance.