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Where To Spot a Link In Your Sink

Dec 17th 2015 at 1:03 AM

Many times leaks in a sink aren’t discovered until they have gotten pretty bad. At this point, you usually have to do a lot of repairs, not only to the part of the sink that has the leak but also to surrounding areas that have been damaged by water. To avoid having to do major repairs, it is best to catch leaks when they are still new and minor. To do this, you need to learn about the different leaks that can occur in a sink and how to spot them.

 

The rim of a sink can often go bad, causing water to leak in around it, down through cabinets and along walls and countertops. You may notice that there is visible water inside the cabinet, the base of the faucet may be loose, caulking may be worn away or countertop laminate may be peeling. If you notice these signs, you can watch for leaks as water is poured along the rim to see where it is leaking. Fixing this issue usually involves tightening the faucet base and sink clamps or re-caulking around the rim.

 

Leaks in supply pipes, the pipes at the back of the cabinet area, can be some of the worst leaks. They aren’t in an area that is generally visible or some place you will often look. To catch these leaks early, make sure to watch for any unexplained puddles or dampness on the floor or on the ceiling below a kitchen or bathroom. You can usually run water through the pipes to help you identify this issue. Fixing it may require tightening of valves or connections or replacing the pipe.

 

Drain leakage is another big issue with sinks. You may notice puddles, water stains and issues with flooring if you have this type of leak. Generally, you can easily check for a drain leak by filling the sink with water and watching the drain to see if any leaks out. Tightening joints or applying sealant can often fix this type of leak.

 

There are many kinds of leaks that can occur with sinks, but thankfully, most are easy to spot and quick to fix. Left alone, though, leaks can lead to big problems that are best avoiding. It is a good idea to check sinks on a regular basis as part of your home maintenance to ensure you catch leaks early or have a regular inspection done by a plumber, who can recognize even the smallest issues and fix them for you right away. Visit this website to learn more about a plumbing company in Durham.

 

About the Author:-

Bob puts his many years of plumbing experience to good use by writing on various plumbing topics on his blog at keeping the flow going blog.

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