Common Sink Plumbing Problems And How To Fix Them

Monday, January 24th, 2022
dripping faucet

If you’re like most people, your sink probably sees a lot of action. It’s one of the most used features in your home, and it can be tough to keep it clean and running smoothly. When you have a plumbing problem with your sink, it’s better to deal with it as soon as possible so it doesn’t lead to bigger issues. Here are some common sink problems and how to fix them.

Dripping Faucet

The most common plumbing problem people tend to have with their sink is a dripping faucet. This usually happens when the washer has come out of place or worn away, causing it to leak.  If the washer is damaged beyond repair, you’ll need to replace it. To do this, remove the handles and take everything off, replace the washer, and reassemble.

Low Water Pressure

The water pressure in your sink gets lowered when calcium deposits form in the faucet aerator. The aerator is the screw-on screen fitting that is found at the tip of the faucet. This piece can get clogged easily, especially in areas where heavy mineral content is found in the water.

Most of the time, the low water pressure can be fixed by simply cleaning the aerator. If it’s too damaged, you’ll have to replace it. In both situations, you’ll start by taking the aerator off of the faucet by unscrewing it by hand, or with pliers. To clean it, you can poke through the screen with a needle, removing the mineral deposits and grit out of the holes, or let it sit overnight in vinegar. If it’s rusted or damaged, you should replace it. After it’s clean, screw it back on and your water pressure should be back to normal.

Slow Draining Sink

Another common plumbing problem is a sink that drains slowly. Usually when this happens, it’s because the pop-up that’s used to stop up the sink, has collected hair or other debris, and needs to be removed and cleaned.

If cleaning the pop-up didn’t work, disconnect the sink trap to check and see if anything is blocking the drain. Sometimes hairbands, toothpaste caps, or jewelry can get stuck in the drain trap. Removing them could be enough to clear the clog. To remove the trap, unscrew both of the nuts that hold it in place and pull the trap down.

If nothing was in the drain trap or sink pop-up, try checking the trap arm. If nothing is there, snaking the drain is the next step. To do this, insert the end of the snake into the drain and feed it into the drainpipe. The snake should be able to clear the clog, making your sink drain normally.

Clogged Sink

If you have a clogged sink, it’s usually because there is too much buildup in the drain. Hair, soap scum, and other debris can lead to a clog that needs to be cleaned out.

To clean a clogged drain, use a plunger to try and break up the blockage. If it’s too blocked, you’ll need to snake the drain. If you can’t get rid of the clog on your own, it’s best to call a professional.

Jammed Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals get jammed when people put things in their sinks that don’t belong there. Luckily, it’s an easy fix. Start by unplugging it and looking inside to see if you can tell what is jamming it. Use your hand or pliers to remove the object. Turn the garbage disposal back on and it should work like normal!

If none of these tips work for your sink, or you don’t have the right tools for the job, consider having a professional plumber take a look at it. Plumbers will know exactly what the issue is and how to fix it.

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