How To Fix A Leak Underneath Your Kitchen Sink By Your Sarasota Leak Detection Experts At Accutech
We’re so giddy about fixing household leaks that we thought we’d extend national Fix A Leak Week by a few days, if only to post this handy article about how to fix a leak beneath your kitchen sink. Leak detection and location in Sarasota is a vital part of home ownership. Even if you rent, it’s in your best interest to know how to do these types of minor repairs because understanding how to fix things like leaking sinks and faucets helps provide you with a healthier residence. So whether you rent or own, having a few plumbing tricks up your sleeve is always an asset.
- If you suspect you have a leak but cannot find its source, all the Sarasota leak detection and location pros at Accutech!
Tips For Finding And Fixing Kitchen Sink Leaks By Your Leak Detection Professionals At Accutech
A customer called us last week with the following complaint. He said that he discovered a pool of water in the cabinet under his sink. After a short investigation, he noticed that he had a moderate drip coming from his cold water valve. But here’s the catch. He said that turning the valve on and off had absolutely no effect on the drip at all. He then noticed that the leak was actually on the line-side of the valve and looked like it was coming where the line connected with the valve. Remember: if you can’t find what you suspect is a leak, call the Sarasota leak detection specialists at Accutech! You may not want to, nor may be able to perform the following repair. It is considered to be moderately difficult.
Sometimes you just have to install new pipes under the sink. The great news is that you can do it yourself.
Here’s what we suggested:
- Shut off the water at the main and completely clean out the cabinet space. If you think it will help you, remove the cabinet doors to give you more room to work.
- Cut the copper pipe with a pipe cutter. Measure the length of pipe you need and mark it with a marker. Place the pipe cutter (you can purchase an affordable one at any hardware store) at your mark and twist the cutter around the pipe. Tighten the cutter as you move it around the pipe to get a uniform cut. Do not use a hacksaw.
- Slide a universal compression fitting over the pipe. It has the compression sleeve attached to the nut. It should be a tight fit, but lightly tap it down until it slides in as far as it will go. Slide the grooved fitting down as far as it will go onto the pipe, then pull the sleeve back up to the fitting and tighten it. Make sure you tighten it with a wrench, but don’t tighten it so much that you can’t turn it. If the fitting is too tight, it can cut the pipe and cause leaks under the kitchen sink.
- Install a two-outlet valve on the copper pipe. One outlet is for the kitchen sink, the other is for the dishwasher. Even if you don’t have a dishwasher, it’s best to install a two-outlet valve for future use. Turn the water on to check for leaks.
- Never over-tighten fitting with wrenches! You want it snug, but you don’t want to strip out the threads
For Accurate Sarasota Leak Detection, It’s Accutech Every Time!
If you have difficulty with the above process, you might want to contact a plumber. However, if you’re like us, you love the satisfaction of a job well-done. Sometimes, though, finding the leak can be 99 percent of your problem. The CCIRC-trained professionals at Accutech are highly experienced at Sarasota leak detection and leak location. To save thousands of dollars in costly repairs, we recommend you make us part of your home’s maintenance routine. Call or click to speak directly with an Accutech representative.