Here are practical DIY tips on how to repair a kitchen sink and save money.
If you’re like me, you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty to save some money. Owning a house can get expensive; and if I hired a contractor every time something went wrong around the house, I would have enough money to actually live in my home.
Unfortunately, houses need a little TLC from time to time, and I was reminded of this fact when the kitchen sink started leaking after dinner one time. My wife was rinsing off dishes in the sink and suddenly found herself standing in a puddle of soapy water – she was not a happy camper!
After getting the sink repaired, I thought of how many more home improvement projects could be easily tackled by the average guy with just a little bit of know how. I put this article together to give you a guide on how to fix your kitchen sink without breaking the bank. Let’s get started!
How to Do Basic Sink Repairs
If your sink is leaking, or even gushing water, waiting for a plumber to take a look at it can take a long time and it’s super expensive.
To do a basic plumbing repair, just follow this list of guidelines:
The first step of any home repair is assessing the problem. After all, if you don’t know what’s wrong, how are you supposed to fix it? Generally, with a sink repair there will be one of two ways you find out:
– The sink leaks when you run water through it
– The sink is spraying water.
A sink spraying water can ruin a kitchen very quickly. Luckily in our situation it was just a valve issue – otherwise I’d be dealing with a seriously unhappy wife and a much bigger project!
If your sink is spraying water, the first step is to turn off the water supply so you don’t continue to wreck your house. After that you can take a moment to breathe and approach the situation with less panic.
A common source of leaks is the shut-off valve. If this valve isn’t as tight as it should be, it can cause links when you use the sink. If this is the issue, the fix is super easy. Just get under the sink with two wrenches. Hold the valve with one wrench while you turn the compression nut with another. If it’s a valve issue, this will often fix the problem!
If the problem with the sink is the drain, it’s often due to blockages in the pipe or corrosion. Remove the trap from your drain and give it a good cleaning. If doing that doesn’t fix the issue, you may need to use an auger with a drain line. These can sometimes be expensive and probably aren’t a tool you have lying around the house. Fortunately, you can rent them!
A leaky faucet repair will depend on the type of model you have. It generally involves disassembly and replacement of one or two gaskets or washers. Do a search for your specific sink and you should find a good amount of information about how to repair your own faucet.
Repair Yourself and Save!
I managed to repair the sink and get back to the game within just an hour and a half. It may take you longer if you’re inexperienced, but i hope this set of guidelines goes to show you just how easy some of these repairs can be. Next time something in the house breaks down, keep your wife and your wallet happy by tackling the problem yourself. Good Luck!