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5 Sink Plumbing Problems You Can Repair Yourself

bathroom-faucet-waterIf “everything but the kitchen sink” is your motto when it comes to household DIY work, we’ve got you covered. It’s important to have a local plumber’s number on speed dial in case you need major repairs for your home’s plumbing. However, there are some issues you may be able to resolve on your own.

#1: A Jammed Garbage Disposal

The kitchen garbage disposal is actually a bit more complex than it may seem. There are no sharp blades inside, as you may expect, but an impeller and grind ring to grind down particles rather than cut them up. For this reason, repairing the inner components of the garbage disposal is a job for a plumber, but one repair is simple enough for anyone to make.

If your garbage disposal jams up, check under the sink for a button located underneath the disposal unit. This is the reset button that sometimes pops out when the disposal jams. Try pushing it back in before calling a plumber!

#2: Clogged Drain

Many issues that cause a drain to clog up should be repaired by a professional. However, some have an easy fix. While we never recommend using chemicals to clean the drains, there is one natural solution that often does the job for small clogging near a drain opening. Simply add ½ cup of baking soda to the drain, followed up by a cup of vinegar. Wait 15 minutes, and see if this does the trick. Otherwise, try a plunger!

#3: Wedding Ring Stuck in the Drain

Yikes! A small item in the sink drain may be retrieved, but if it’s something irreplaceable to you, you might want to call in a plumber to do the work. The ring might be trapped in the P-trap, the U-shaped pipe underneath the sink. After laying down towels and a bucket to catch the water, unscrew the nuts holding the U-shaped piece into place by turning them with a wrench or your hands. Once unscrewed, you might find the ring in there!

#4: Water Leaking from the Rim of the Sink

This is something that can cause damage to the cabinetry underneath the sink. Luckily, you may be able to repair it without ever touching the plumbing. The edges of the sink may only need re-caulking. Use a putty knife to scrape the old caulk away (without scratching the sink or countertop. Wash the area and let it dry completely before applying a new coating.

#5: That Drip-Drip-Drip from a Leaky Sink

This one isn’t so much a repair as it is a handy technique to get you through the night. If you’re sick of hearing a drip-drip-dripping noise from the master bathroom as you’re trying to get some rest, just tie a string to the tip of the faucet. The water should run down the string so you don’t have to put up with the noise. When it comes time for repairs, be sure to call in an expert plumber!

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