How To Deal With Clogged Drains And Pipe Leaks?

It’s bad enough when your kitchen sink drain gets clogged and water overflows into the sink, but it adds insult to injury to look under the sink to find that water is leaking from the drain pipes. The good news is that the leaking pipes provide a clue about the location of the leak — it must be beyond the trap. The repair isn’t difficult, but it’s going to be messy. Dismantling the P-trap will give you better access to the clog, and you’ll be able to tighten the trap when you reinstall it.

1. Put a bucket under the sink to catch water and unscrew the nuts connecting the P-trap to the garbage disposal or the sink tailpiece, which is the pipe extending down from the drain, and the wall drain with adjustable pliers. Pull the trap off the garbage disposal or tailpiece first, then pull it off the wall drain. Turn it upside down and empty the water into the bucket, then set the trap aside.

2. Excavate inside the wall drain with a screwdriver. Clogs are often situated near the point where the pipe bends downward, which may be just a few inches from the opening. If so, you should be able to clear it.

3. Snake the drain with a plumbing auger if you can’t find any obstructions near the opening. Insert the head of the auger into the drain, push it in as far as it will go, and crank the handle to work the head through the obstruction. If it’s a large blockage, you may have to work through it in stages, pulling the auger back out of the drain every so often to clear debris off the head.

4. Prepare to replace the P-trap once you’re sure the drain is clear. Take it outside and clean it out with a garden hose. Inspect the outlet of the garbage disposal or tailpiece and pull out any debris you find there.

5. Slide off the plastic collars from the ends of the tailpiece or disposal outlet and the wall drain and replace them with new ones. Fit them onto the ends of the pipes and slide them about 1/2 inch from the ends.

6. Fit the trap inlet around the tailpiece or disposal outlet, slide the compression nut down to meet it, and tighten the nut as much as you can by hand. Fit the outlet around the wall drain pipe and tighten the nut on that fitting the same way.

7. Tighten all the nuts on the trap, including the swivel nut in the middle, with adjustable pliers. Test the trap by filling the sink with water and then letting it drain all at once. If any fitting leaks, tighten it more.

8. The aging of the pipeline. Over time and with use, the piping can deteriorate. This is due to several factors whether it is the deterioration of the components of the latter or simply because of bad weather for example. Indeed, it should be noted that the winter frost can cause cracks or breaks causing water leaks. The fact of too abrupt use can also cause damage to the equipment and therefore make the pipe defective.

9. The sewage pipes are too loaded. Apart from the degradation of the material in the pipe, it can also happen that the water leak in the pipesis caused by the overload of wastewater. You should know that when the water from the pipes contains a high level of lime, it can leave deposits and clog the pipes. The same is true for the waste which has passed through the filter and which is deposited in the pipes until it clogs them and creates leaks. Have the best facilities for your sanitary facilities Like any other system in the house, the pipe requires special maintenance to remain as efficient as possible. Indeed, several techniques can be used to prevent water leakage in the pipes.

10. Check the pipes regularly. The pipe is made up of many small accessories that ensure the correct functioning of the system. This includes for example gaskets, drains, filters, and many more tools that ensure that water leaks are always limited. When these are not checked regularly and maintained with a drain, it can cause very dangerous leaks.

It is undoubtedly the system that a household needs the most, perhaps even more than the electrical installation. He works hard every day to fulfill the roles mentioned above. Lots of things can accumulate there, just by seeing all the waste that engulfs it during the dishes for example. After a while, if nothing is done, these accumulations will become so large that the water will no longer be able to circulate.

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