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Common Ways to Fix Any Kitchen Sink Problem

Your kitchen sink is one of the most important parts of your kitchen. It is because of this that it’s so important that everyone know how to fix a kitchen sink.  If you have a problem with your sink, you’ll have a problem cooking food, cleaning dishes, and keeping your work area clean.

Anything can go wrong with your kitchen sink. The faucet may drip, the drain or faucet might leak, or the sink might become clogged. Here are a few things you can do to fix your kitchen sink if you experience these or other problems with it:

Clear a Clogged Drain

A clogged drain is one of the most common kitchen sink problems. Food or hair can get into the drain, or oil can harden in the pipe. The next thing you know, you have water and sludge backing up into your clean sink.

You can use a number of chemical drain cleaners to remove the clog. If these do not work, you can try a drain snake to remove the offending material or use a plunger the same way you would on a toilet. You should be able to clear most minor blockages on your own using one of these methods.

Fix a Leaky Drain or Pipe

If some part of your kitchen sink is leaking, such as the drain, the faucet or the pipe, you should easily be able to repair it by tightening the part. Tighten all washers and other connections to start. If that does not solve the problem, you will need to inspect the seals around the area that is leaking. If the seal is broken or cracked, you will need to replace it.

Call a Plumber

The very best thing you can do to fix any kind of problem with your kitchen sink is to call a qualified plumber like My Plumber in San Diego. You could damage your drain by putting the wrong cleaners in your sink or using materials to try to clear clogs. You could easily overlook problems that are contributing to leaks, and you could make problems worse by trying to repair them. Always call the professionals to for plumbing repairs in your San Diego home. You’ll get the job done right and will protect your investment.

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Sink Installation By the Numbers

As a local plumbing expert, My Plumber CA knows that there are several competent do-it-yourselfers out there. But we also know that most people haven’t got that much experience doing work on major home systems. Even some of the jobs that seem like they are simple, can end up disastrous if they aren’t done correctly. One of these is a sink installation. Whether you are replacing an old kitchen sink or putting in an entire new bathroom, there are several common mistakes that DIYers make.

Major DIY Sink Installation Mistakes

The most common problem that we’ve seen is a violation of local building codes. This happens because the homeowner doesn’t know the regulations. And, while understandable, ignorance of the law is not a defense, so any home improvements that are not up to code will have to be fixed the first time a licensed plumber is called in.

Many of the following mistakes are also violations of building code:

  • Improperly joining copper pipe to existing galvanized lines
  • Failing to level fixtures
  • Forgetting to use PTFE tape or pipe compound on threaded joints
  • Improperly adjusting stop valves
  • Failing to install an air gap for fixtures
  • Cutting supply lines too short to install shut offs
  • Using improperly sized pipes (usually too small)
  • Failing to remove excess bonding agent from previous installations
  • Compressing pipes while cutting them

Sink Installation Process

Free Standing Sink

  1. Use a cutting wheel to cut the end of the copper supply lines for both hot and cold water. Leave at least 1 ½” of the pipe extending past the finished wall to allow for a shut-off  valve connection.
  2. Build the faucet according to the instructions contained in the packaging (there are simply too many types of faucet to describe in detail here).
  3. Flip the sink over so the bottom is facing up and install the escutcheon (cover plate), coupling nut, compression ring and valve.
  4. Tighten the coupling nut. This will require two wrenches (crescents make this much easier because you don’t have to match the nut and coupling sizes). The nut will make a quick squeal when it has been properly tightened. Do not over-tighten the compression seal. This can cause cracking.
  5. Flip the sink back upright and set it on top of your cabinet (or stand it up if it is a pedestal).
  6. Connect the J-trap to the drain line and the main drain line to the J-trap. Tighten as necessary.
  7. Turn the water on and check the shut-off  valves, drain line and basin for leaks.

Drop In Sink

  1. Make sure the sink that you purchase fits the space in your counter-top. The lip should sit squarely on the routered edge of the hole, within 1/8″.
  2. Install the faucet in the sink body before dropping it into place. You can attach it after the sink is secured, but it will be a bigger hassle unless you have two people that are very good at working with each other. Do not attach the supply lines to the sink, yet.
  3. Set the sink in place and align all the supply and drain lines before screwing it into place. Screw the sink in using the included underside brackets (use the screws that came with the brackets, longer screws will not fasten completely because they will hit the sing edge.
  4. Place a bead of silicone caulk around the top side of the sink. This will prevent water from getting between the sink body and the cabinet.
  5. Turn on the water and check for leaks.

Of course, the easiest way to install a sink is to hire professional to do it for you! You didn’t think we were going to miss an opportunity like that did you? So, if you aren’t a big DIYer or simple would rather spend your Saturday doing something else, give My Plumber CA a call and let us take care of it for you.

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How To Repair a Kitchen Sink

Your kitchen sink is a very helpful piece of equipment to have. But if the pipes become clogged or get a hole in them a lot can go wrong. Water can leak out and wet the floor which can cause you or someone else to slip and get hurt. Moisture causes black mold, which is also a severe problem if not caught early. Also, if you don’t have a dishwasher, a clogged sink or leaking sink pipe can keep you from washing dishes or using your sink for anything else.

Leaks are more difficult problems than clogs, and you will probably not want to tackle them yourself as the tools are somewhat specialized. If part of the plumbing under your sink leaks, it may be an isolated incident, like a leaky seal. But if it’s coming from the pipe itself, the leak is likely caused by corrosion, which means it’s likely more cost-effective in the long run to replace all those pipes with PVC piping than it is to fix another leak every six months. Your plumber will take a look and give you a rundown of possible solutions.

But in case you are interested, here is a general plan for how the plumber will tackle your kitchen sink repair job:

  • First he will place a bucket beneath the kitchen sink’s drain assembly. This is to catch the waste water from the p-trap. Then he will loosen the nut holding the p-trap with a pipe wrench.

  • When the water has almost completely stopped draining from the p-trap he will remove the p-trap from the drain assembly and throw it away.

  • Then he will loosen and remove the nut that connects the sink strainer to the sink basin, the extension pipe and the nut that connects the wall drain pipe to the wall drain extension pipe and discard all the old pipes.

  • Next he will need to use PVC adapters to merge the old metal piping to the new PVC piping he will be putting in. PVC piping is glued together, not soldered, so there will be no open flames.

  • Then he will use an array of PVC parts, just like the metal ones he removed, to replace all the traps and extension pipes.

  • Once everything is put back together, he will test and make sure there are no longer any leaks. If there are no leaks then he is done.

So if your kitchen sink is leaking, give us a call immediately and we’ll be there. You can also visit our sink repair & installation page to learn more. If your leaking sink manages to cause damage to your floor, you may also need help from a water damage restoration company in San Diego