For the past week, I’ve had a small drip leaking from the u-bend pipe underneath my kitchen sink. It seems to be from the joins of the pipe sections.
Asked by Karen on 22nd Jun 2019
So far, I’ve had to put bowls underneath to collect the drips, but I can’t leave it like this for too long.
Is there anything I could do that might fix this drip in the meantime? I could probably take it apart, but haven’t just in case I can’t put it back together.
Alternatively, should I just hire a local plumber to take a look?
J Contracting Ltd
"Take apart all threaded joints, ensure the joints have not been cross-threaded - check all seals, ensure they are complete and are not damaged.
Answered on 25th Jul 2019 - Member since Jun 2019 - report
When replacing do not over tighten- hand tight only- do not use grips - do not use any PTFE on joints. Worst-case scenario - buy a replacement trap and fit it correctly"
"Hi, if you take the trap (u bend) apart you will probably find either a build up of dirt or damaged seals or both. You can buy a new trap seal kit quite cheap, or a new trap (whichever you would prefer). Taking apart and putting together the trap is relatively simple. Hand tighten the connections and test for leaks. If you are still unsure then call a plumber.
Answered on 28th Jun 2019 - Member since Aug 2018 - report
Hope this helps you"
Answered on 1st Aug 2019 - Member since Jun 2016 - report
It is a very simple job to be honest you can always change the bend yourself by taking a picture of the bend and bringing it in to your local plumbing merchants. take the bend apart step by step by taking photos this way you can look back at each step."
Middlesex Plumbing and Heating
"Hi there, Middlesex Plumbing & Heating here. If by the u-bend you are referring to the trap this is a very easy repair. Simply disconnect the trap, put a towel/bowl under it to catch any water (around a glassful just the contents of the trap). Loosen all connections and re tighten them ensuring that none of them are cross threaded, just hand tight will do. If the leak continues you can put silicone around the joints which are leaking but it is just as quick and cost effective to just replace the trap. A sink trap can be purchased for under £10 and exchanged with the current one in just a few minutes."
Answered on 9th Jul 2019 - Member since Jun 2019 - report
Cls Plumbing & Renovation
"Probably better to get a good plumber out unless you feel confident you can do yourself, it could be just a quick tighten up on joints or it may need a new trap and fittings.
Answered on 19th Jul 2019 - Member since Jul 2019 - report
Hope this helps."