Leaks in the sink pipes could cause a myriad of issues to your house. In excess water, it can lead to mold, damaged or ruined cabinet for the sink, damaged material and an increased cost of water. It is imperative to have the damaged sink pipe replacement as quickly as you can to limit the amount of damage that is caused from the leak. If you’re an individual who is hands-on and wants to replace your own sink pipe take these actions:
Step 1. Preparing the Space
In the beginning, you’ll need to locate an appropriate bucket enough to fit underneath the curving portion of P-traps (the bent plumbing pipe for the sink). This will enable you to capture any water that could leak out as you disassemble the pipes. Be sure to shut off water shutoff valves in order to stop the possibility of someone not turning off the water as the drain is being dismantled.
In the next step, you’ll have to check the dimensions of the pipe using an instrument like a tape. This will allow you to purchase the proper size components for your sink , and will ensure that you cut the new pipes to the correct dimension. You can purchase these new components from any hardware shop.
Step 2: Remove the Pipes
Start by removing the P-trap connector from the tailpieces of the sink. These are pipes which go downwards from the sink and down to the drain. You’ll need to grab each nut individually and then turn them counter clockwise in order to let them loosen. When the nuts seem tight it is possible to employ adjustable pliers for loosening them. If they don’t move it is possible spraying lubricant on the traps made of metal in order to let the threads loosen.
Then, flip the connections that were disconnected upside down so that you empty the water into the bucket, and place them aside. If the traps connect to a standard tee, unbolt the connections to the tee, and then remove the traps as well. If you have additional pipes blocking your way, you may also take them apart.
Step 3: Drain Tailpieces
If you find that the drain tailpieces have become too short or have corroded it is necessary to take them off. Drain tailpieces that are damaged could be the reason for the leak. To eliminate them, remove them from your drain, turning them clockwise by using adjustable pliers.
Step 4: Put in the new pieces
It is now time to install these new pieces of tailpipe. Be sure that they’re sufficient in length to reach above the drainage pipe inside the wall. This will ensure that the new pieces aren’t too small (this could cause gaps that could lead to the possibility of a leak). If the drainpipe is located under the floor, be sure that you extend the new tailpieces by 2 feet over the floor of your cabinet. If needed, you can alter the dimensions of your new tailpipes cutting them using the aid of a hacksaw.
If you must cut the pieces to match, you can use the new pipes to those you have removed. Choose a pipe with exactly the same size in diameter generally 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches. If you’re working with the kitchen sink, you might prefer PVC pipes. PVC pipe since they don’t have the same risk of corroding like the metal pipe.
Step 5 Place your Sink Together
Install your sink through connecting compression fittings to the pipes, and then tightening the nuts manually. After you’ve completed this then you can put in your new traps. The traps should be positioned on the tailpieces of its respective pieces then tighten the nuts and then rotate them until they connect to the pipe that will lead into the drain. Attach the trap’s end to the trap and tighten up the nuts.
Step 6 Check Your Sink
Once you’ve completed assembling your pipes, you’ll need to test your drain and sink pipes. This can be done by filling your sink up with water, closing the drain so that the water can flow out. This will allow you to make sure you have a connection that is secure and that there aren’t any further leaks. If you notice that a leak is happening due to the connection being too tight, it is possible to fix it using adjustable pliers.
If you’re having problems with your kitchen sink or you would prefer a professional to change your pipes, 1-plumbing plumbers are available 24/7 to help you with all of your plumbing needs, including Bathroom Sink Pipe Replacement.
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