Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
If you have a leak underneath your kitchen sink then you may be able to fix it yourself. This article will walk you through the process of determining where the leak is coming from and explain how to fix the leak on your own.
Prepare the work area
As soon as you know you have a leak under your sink, remove everything from under it and set a bowl down there to catch the drips. Set a towel down so you don't hurt your knees and use a flashlight to investigate.
If it's not obvious right away where the leak is, dry off all the pipes with a towel and feel the pipes from the top ones, working your way down. Once you feel wetness, you will know which joint is causing the problem. If the leak is coming from the connection, it may need to be re-taped and tightened. If the leak is coming from a pipe, it needs to be replaced.
Re-taping and tightening a connection
If there is a connection that needs to be re-taped, you will loosen the connectors holding the pipe in place once you have turned the water to the sink off. You may be able to do this by hand, if it's too tight then you will need a pipe wrench. Remove the pipe and take all the tape off both ends.
Dry the ends completely and put fresh plumbing tape on each end. Make sure you put enough tape on without making it so thick that it won't fit back in place. Insert both ends of the pipe into the connections and hand tighten them. Turn the water on and check for leaks. If there is a leak, use the pipe wrench to tighten the connections a bit more.
Replacing a pipe
If the pipe has a crack in it, then you will need to replace it. Make sure you purchase the same size pipe and follow the same instructions detailed above for re-taping and tightening a connection to put the new pipe in place.
Now that you have a good understanding of how to determine the cause of a leak and repair it, you can take care of more plumbing issues yourself. However, make sure you call a professional plumbing services in your area if you continue to see signs of leakage after you repair what you thought was the issue. There may also be a leak behind the will and you'll want to have this taken care of right away.