Saturday, December 30, 2006

Leak Under Sink

"Hey, there is water leaking under here!" That's what my wife said yesterday as she was cleaning under the sink. Oh, how I don't like plumbing problems! But where exactly is the leak coming from? That's always the first thing you need to look for is the origination of the leak. I emptied the under-sink cabinet, turned on the flashlight and went on a leak hunt. At first glance I noticed that the black drain pipe was dripping. Thinking that there was a leak in the drain I filled up the sink then let it drain, sure enough there was water dripping off the drain pipe that connects the two sink drains. Great! I think, "I'm going to have to take this whole pipe off and repair it somehow." I was not looking forward to that. Here is the under-sink view:

But notice the two white water supply tubes zip-tied to the black drain pipe. I thought, "Hmm what if one of the water supply tubes is leaking - they are touching each other." So, I plugged up the sink because if there is no flow through the drain pipe a leak would not show up until I pulled the plug. Sure enough, even though I had the sink plugged the pipe appeared to be leaking. Therefore it was not the drain pipes. Indeed! The culprit is here:
As it turns out the water supply tube was leaking where it screws into the faucet nipple. All I had to do to fix the problem was to re-tighten the nut (hand tight). I am assuming that after two years of the near earthquake conditions of travel this fitting jiggled loose. (Is jiggled a word?) So, for my fellow travelers, it may be a good idea to check the "tightness" of your water supply fittings every year or so just to be sure no leaks develop. Jim

7 comments:

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paul thomas said...

AND it would be wise to put/install a DRIPTITE Sink & Vanity Base Protector under your sink so that if there is another leak in the future your cabinet under your sink will be PROTECTED. You can order one online at: www.driptite.com. I have them in my home and I love them. They really do the trick. Water can be so damaging it's amazing. GET A DRIPTITE and you'll be happy you did. Really easy to install too.

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Anonymous said...

Don't just check your water fittings, check all the propane fittings too. And while your at it, check all receptacles and switches for tight connections also

Anonymous said...

I had the same problem last year so I check all the fittings before we leave home. Now, does anyone know how to fix my shower? I turn the water on and it just squirts all over the place from the fitting where the hose to the shower head fits. I have taken it all apart several times, changed parts and it still does the same thing. What am I missing? Thanks for your help.

Anonymous said...

Is it possible you might have reversed one or more of the internal parts? This nearly always guarantees a leak.

John from Jupiter, FL said...

The shower hose leak, is it at the connection to the faucet? If yes, you may have a vacum breaker in the faucet connector that is stuck.
My leaks unless I put the water on full force quickly. This causes the valve to open. A small leak is normal to prevent backflow into freash water supply. Hope this helps.

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