Leaking Kitchen Sink Stopper Problems in Your Dade County Home

kitchen sink plugYour handy kitchen sink stopper prevents water from draining when you want to fill your sink with water for soaking or washing.  So, what if this sink stopper doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do?  Before you repair this, you have to remove it first.

The most common problem is a worn gasket around the plug’s head.  Now, how do you troubleshoot a leaky sink stopper?

  1. Insert the stopper over the sink basket and press.
  2. Fill the sink with warm water.
  3. Wipe any wet spots below the sink’s seal.  Afterwards, check it with a flashlight and observe.
  4. Try to find any leaks, water squirting or dripping. If there is any, tighten the sink basket lock nut.
  5. If this doesn’t work, then you have to replace the seals.

Here’s how to replace a worn gasket:

  • Check your sink and find the mechanism that operates the stopper.  It looks like a horizontal rod under the basin that is inserted into a drain pipe.
  • Remove the screw of the nut located at the end of the rod, then pull this out.  The rod allows the stopper to be moved up or down.
  • Take off the stopper from the sink. Using a screw driver, remove the old gasket from the stopper.
  • Put some plumber’s grease on the new gasket that you’re going to use.
  • Fit the new gasket on the head of the stopper.
  • Reattach the stopper on your sink drain. Don’t forget to put back the rod under the sink and tighten the screw.

If you’ve tried these easy steps and didn’t solve the problem, call in some expert plumbers from Douglas Orr in Miami FL.  Professional plumbers have the right tools and training to detect the cause of the leak and to replace any parts that are defective.  Visit OrrPlumbing.com today to schedule a service.