Another day, another water damage problem, but it’s alright because we are here to tell you what’s causing that leak under the kitchen sink. You see, after the bathroom, the kitchen is the second room that is used the moist, so you are bound to experience some water problems in there.
It can be quite frustrating when you constantly hear the drip drop of water from the kitchen sink. No matter how hard you turn the taps, the water still keeps dripping.
You are probably wondering what’s causing the leak. Well, it’s not one issue and that we can say that for sure. People mostly leave the leaking faucet in its place thinking it will fix on its own. However, you are not seeing the bigger picture. When this water leaks underneath the kitchen sink, you find the cabinets warped, floor buckling, and mild smell.
Let’s have a look at the top three causes behind the leak under the kitchen sink:
1.Faulty Water Lines
Every kitchen sink has two water connections. In some cases, there’s a third when the sink has a separate sprayer. Any of these lines can experience a loose connection and start leaking water. The problem is that you never know which line is causing the problem. What you will feel is the dry wall, wet and soft underneath the kitchen sink. The leak might be caused by a failed connector or gasket or in some cases corrosion. This is why it is important that you do regular plumbing maintenance in the kitchen.
A dripping faucet is either caused by a loose bonnet or worn off washer. In other cases, it’s because the R/O system has leaked. This usually happens when the system’s tubing has become loose and is no longer connected securely to the valves, ports and drain saddle. If the water is leaking from the faucet stem’s bottom, then the system will have to be replaced.
Do you see a curved pipe part under the sink? This is called the P-trap, which prevents foul smells from escaping the drain. When gunk and food pieces collect in the P-trap, the clog causes a leak and you might see something that looks like mold around the pipe. This is something that you will be able to notice immediately. In most cases, the P-trap needs a good cleaning. If that doesn’t work, then you will have to call a plumber to get the pipe part changed.
Many homeowners think that they can handle this water damage just because they have watched a DIY plumbing repair video. That’s where they are wrong. You might hit the wrong pipe during the repair, which will cause even a bigger leak, which is why you need to call a professional.
STOP Restoration is a company that specializes in cleanup and restoration services. They are available in Anthem, Providence, Cadence and many other areas. Make a quick call to S.T.OP at (702) 803-3094 for emergency cleaning service.