The Drain Pipes Under My Kitchen Sink and the Garbage Disposal Keep Coming Loose – Help!
Written by: Quintin Bentley Crevling
Drip, drip, drip, that’s the sound of your repair bill getting more expensive. The incessant dripping of loose pipes wastes water and quickly damages any wood surface it touches. Avoid costly repairs and call a plumber in Sydney at the first sign of a leak. The biggest warning sign that a pipe is coming loose is when you hear a rattling under the sink. This rattling sound happens when a nut is loosening and creates just enough space for it to tap on the piping. The other telltale sign of a loose pipe is when water runs out from under your sink every time you run the water. If you encounter one of these problems, then must address the problem immediately, understand why the pipes come loose, and perform basic do-it-yourself remedies.
A water leak must be fixed as soon as possible. When leaky pipes go unnoticed you are subjecting yourself to devastating structural damage, and toxic molds that pose several health risks to your family and pets. If black mold forms in an area larger than a square meter, then you must call professional mold remediation services. This is an expensive endeavor with an average cost of over $2,000 to remove the mold and ensure your home is safe to reenter. If you have leaky pipes in your floorboards you will notice discoloration in the ceiling of the floor below the leak. It is extremely hard to notice leaks in the floorboards, because gravity pulls the water down, so it doesn’t absorb upwards into the floor.
There are two main causes for leaking drain pipes under your sink – a broken nut, or a broken washer. When a nut breaks, the pipe will no longer hold a tight seal and will need to constantly be tightened, or will leak like a sieve. When a washer breaks, it will no longer provide a smooth surface for the nut to secure properly, which creates the same problems as a broken nut. These parts can break for several reasons. Split washers are the most susceptible to breaking, because they are not as strong as washers that are one solid piece. Avoid these cheap washers at all cost!
For those of you who are comfortable with do-it-yourself projects, you can easily replace these inexpensive problems. For leaks coming from a connection point you should start with tightening the nut. Turn on the water and see if the leak continues. If it persists, then turn off the main water supply and unscrew the pipe to replace the washer and nut. Make sure to securely fasten the nut without over tightening the new part. Overtightening will lead to plastic nuts cracking, or striping, and metal nuts will be incredibly difficult to unscrew if you need to replace parts in the future. Turn on your main water supply and run the water to ensure the leak it replacement parts hold a seal. If the connections continue to leak you should call a professional to find the route of the problem and replace the appropriate parts.