Do you have a Blocked Sink or Leaking Tap?
From the moment you happen to see a block in your sink, it’s a good idea to not use the sink to further agitate the issue. However, it’s best to keep in mind that blocked sinks can be fixed without too much hassle and it’s always a good idea to use a pair of rubber gloves in the process. Read on as we dive into everything you’ll need to know about unblocking your sink and fixing a leaking tap.
The first step in the process is filling the sink halfway and blocking the overflow with a cloth or rag. Next, you’ll need to cover the drains opening with a plunger and ensuring that it’s filled with water. The next step requires a firm push and then a bit of slow lifting in continuous motion until the blockage is cleared.
After the water begins to run smoothly, this means that the blockage is now more or less cleared. However, you’ll still need to pour hot water into the sink for a couple of minutes and then uncover the hole. If for some reason it’s still not cleared then you can locate the P-trap. This is simply the U-shaped pipe that is connected from the sink and goes into the wall.
At this point, you’ll need to put a container or a bucket under to catch any fluid and debris before unscrewing the pipe. If for some reason the pipe is tightly screwed in, you’ll need to use pliers. As the trap is pulled away, everything will drain into the bucket. When this is done, you can easily reassemble the entire thing and run som hot water into the pipe once more.
Now that you’ve unclogged your pipes, you may want to get started on that leaking tap. In most instances, the drips of an old faucet can be easily stopped by simply replacing the old washer. In modern faucets, there’s a chance that you’ll need to replace the cartridge and all of the other parts.
To get this job done, you’ll need the following:
- Slip joint wrench
- Washer or cartridge
- Silicone grease
- Heavy cloth
The first step in the process is to turn off the supply via the valve under or behind the pipes. The sink should then be plugged to prevent small nuts and screws from falling into the drainpipe. The decorative handle should then be removed followed by the screw underneath.
In the case of modern faucets, the interior cartridge will need to be removed with the use of pliers. For old faucets, the retaining nut will need to be removed followed by the headgear and the old washer. However, due to age, it might be difficult to remove and will need to be prised out and replaced.
The silicone grease should then be used to grease the threads before you reassemble the entire system. To check your handy work, you can easily turn on the tap and check for leaks. If for some reason the issue continues, you’ll need to replace the entire tap.
As we conclude, we have just looked at how you can unclog your sink and we’ve also looked at how you can repair a leaking tap. While you can call in a plumber to take care of these needs, it can be the perfect opportunity to test your DIY skills!