Can you prevent plumbing leaks under your sinks?

Your pipes are continuously being vibrated and jiggled by water pressure, as it flows though the fittings and turns through the piping system. Water that runs down your sink hits the u-shaped trap with a rush; creating pressure every time you turn on your faucet. Garbage disposals run an electric motor spinning a set of blades that create even more vibration on all the extended plumbing. This continuous action can actually make the threaded nuts loosen or even come loose. The gaskets preventing leaks between the threads and pipe flange can break or develop flat spots that allow seepage through.

What can you do to help protect yourself from water damage under the sinks? Once a month you should check the tightness of the fittings on these pipes. This is not difficult. If you have the white plastic tubular pipes, the nuts are designed to hand tighten. So simply reach in and give them a snug. Don’t use pliers or put too much pressure on the nut or you could pinch the washer.

If you do pinch the washer, it’s going to need to be replaced. This needs to be done carefully so you don’t damage other fittings as you take the leaking one apart. If in doubt, it would be worth calling us to make sure it is done correctly.

So, you can do a lot to keep up the maintenance on the plumbing in your home by simply checking the pipe fittings once a month and being careful not to over-do it.

If you have any questions, Cooper Plumbing is always here to help.

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