Dealing with Water Damage from a Leaky Sink

Leaky Kitchen SinkA lot of water damage can be caused by leaks under your sink, but they are generally easy to find and repair. The water, which is damaging the floor or cabinet, could be coming from the supply hoses, drainpipes, or the faucet itself. You can usually see the source once you get under the sink with a flashlight. Many times you need to just tighten a connection, but it can be more complicated than this as well.

The first sign of a leak many times is a pool of standing water or a cabinet or floor that is soaked with water. Spray will probably be apparent as well if the leak is from a water hose which is pressurized. However, if it is from a drain line, you might not see it until you turn on the water to the sink. Plus, if the problem is a sink drain with a faulty seal, you might have to fill the sink and let the water stand so you can see the leak. Not always, but in most cases, the leak will be just above the standing water or dampness.

Repairing Water Supply Leaks

The water in faucet supply hoses will be under pressure, so it usually sprays or drips actively from defective pipes or loose connections. Commonly, shut-off valves are a source of this because their compression fittings are not tightened as they should be. The best way to fix this is to hold the valve with a wrench while you turn the compression nut with another wrench. Leaks which come from faucet connections can create a problem and Chicago water damage as they are difficult to get to since they are found in small spaces behind the sink. Instead of a wrench, these are best tightened with locking or adjustable pliers.

Repairing Drain Leaks

P Trap Under SinkA leaky P-trap can be a result of loose connections, corrosion of a metal trap or blockage in drain pipes. If you’ve tightened all the compression nuts but the trap is leaking, then you should definitely remove it and clean it well. Use an auger to clear the drain line at the same time if you think there could be a blockage. Usually, you can use your hand to tighten a compression nut on plastic P-traps, but for metal traps, you will need pliers. If the nuts are still difficult to turn, then they could be corroded, and it is likely time to replace the trap altogether in order to prevent water damage in Chicago.

Repairing Other Kinds of Leaks

If the source of the leak cannot be found, you can generally suspect that the problem is the faucet or the sink drain. If the sink drain is leaking, you can unscrew it and repack it with plumber’s putty which will generally fix the problem. Even though you most times see faucet leaks above the sink, the water can sometimes go down behind the faucet and drip underneath, making it not visible. Fixing a leaking faucet will depend upon the kind of faucet you have. It will usually mean taking it apart and replacing a couple of washers or gaskets.

A leak which goes undetected or ignored can be dangerous as mold can quickly form and create severe health hazards to you and your family.  That’s why it is best to take care of water damage near Chicago quickly.