Drip-Drip: Correcting The Leak Under Your Kitchen Sink

After you run the cold water from the sink, you might hear a pitter-patter coming from underneath the sink. This is the sound of water dripping underneath the sink. If you are not able to hire a plumber, you will need to correct this problem yourself.

Rule Out the Drain Pipe

First, you will need to make sure that the drain pipe is not causing the leak. First, dry the pipes. Then, fill the sink with water. Lastly, check the pipes to find an area that still has moisture and this would be the source of your leak.

Shut Off the Water

You will need to find the specific safety shutoff for the pipes that you will be working on. This will enure that you will not lose control of the leak while you are repairing the pipes. If there are no shutoff valves for the pipes, you will need to use the master shutoff.

Fixing Compression Faucets

If the facet is a compression faucet, you may need new seat washers. You will need to first remove the decorative cap from the handle. Then, you will need to remove the handle screw. Next, remove the handle. Then, with a crescent wrench, screw off the packing nut. Then, you will have access to the seat washer. Replace it with a new one. Add plumbers grease. Then, reattach the handle.

Fixing Ball-Type Faucets

It is much harder to repair a ball-type faucet because of the many parts found in it. The easiest approach is to purchase a replacement kit designed specifically to repair your faucet. Then, you can remove all of the old parts and add new parts. Also, if you have an older faucet, you might want to replace the entire fixture.

Repairing the Faucet Supply Hose and Faucet Connections

Faucet supply hoses are under constant pressure. For this reason, they tend to drip very excessively from connections that are loose. Tightening the compression nut can allow you to then stop the leaking.

Leaks can also come from the faucet connections. These connections are harder to tighten because they are found in cramped locations. It is easier to tighten them with adjustable pliers.

Solving More Serious Problems

Sometimes, the problem is more serious and you will need to contact a plumber. If you still would rather correct the problem yourself, you will need to unscrew all of the nuts found under the sink. Then, you will need to install a replacement hose underneath the sink and screw the nuts back into place.