Tips For Fixing A Leaky Sink

by Editor on May 3, 2013

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Tips For Fixing A Leaky Sink

A leaky faucet can be quite the nuisance. The sound of a dripping faucet can be highly annoying and can even keep you awake at night. Not only is it an annoyance, but it can waste water. Not only is this bad for the environment, it is also not easy on your water bill. If your kitchen or bathroom sink has begun dripping when the faucet is turned completely off, try the following steps to fix your sink before contacting a local plumber. The type of repair you need depends on what type of sink you have, so it is important to find that out before trying to fix your sink. In addition, make sure the water to the sink is shut off before trying any repairs.

Ball-Type Faucet

Ball-type faucets have many parts to them, and that can make it very difficult to find the source of your leak. Instead of wasting time replacing one part at a time and seeing if that fixes the problem, you might consider just replacing the entire faucet. You can do this by purchasing a replacement kit. They should have the tools you need to replace your faucet, as well as the instructions you may need.

Compression Sinks

Compression sinks usually begin leaking when they need a new seat washer. To replace it, you need to remove the handle off of your faucet and take it apart. Once you have taken your faucet apart, replace your seat washer. In addition, be sure to replace the O-ring as well. Make sure you get the right size O-ring, as this is crucial for preventing any leaks in the future. Coat both the seat washer and the new O-ring in plumber’s grease before installing them. Put the handle back together and your problem should be solved.

Cartridge Sinks

Cartridge sinks often begin to leak when the need the O-ring replaced. Once again, it is important to be sure you get the right size for your sink. Having one that is even off by 1/8 of an inch can lead to plumbing headaches later. Once you have your new O-ring, coat it in plumber’s grease and use it to replace the old O-ring. Do this by removing the handle, cartridge, and spout. You may need to use a utility knife to remove the old O-ring. Once you have replaced it, put your sink back together.

Ceramic Disc Faucets

If your ceramic disc faucet has begun to leak, then you most likely simply need to clean the cylinder openings. Use a scouring pad and white vinegar for best results. After cleaning and rinsing your cylinder openings, slowly turn the water back on. If you find that your sink is still leaking after trying these tips, then it may be time to call a plumber.

Pacific Drain Services, a locally owned Portland Plumber company, and Robert King have joined forces to help the public protect their home from plumbing related damages.  A few simple steps can save thousands in water damage!

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