A 5-Step Guide for Leaking Strainers
Whenever you notice leaks below the sink, especially when the drip is located near the drain, this is almost always caused by poor seal due to installation of the strainer body creating a gap where it meets the sink. Luckily, remedying this situation is not that hard and even an amateur do-it-yourselfer can do it without fail. With the necessary plumbing tools at hand, this issue can be fixed in a matter of minutes. You do not need to worry about the cost since you are already saving up a great deal on the labour while you can mostly find what you need in your tool box, if you are keeping a stash of extra fixtures and materials aside. Here is a 5-step method to help you out:
Step 1: Remove the tailpiece from the drain pipe.
The strainer is mainly connected to a drain pipe that is secured in place by a slip nut. Using an adjustable wrench, remove the tailpiece by gradually loosening the slip nut until it comes off. Just a tip, you can always loosen the nut by turning it in a counter clockwise direction. Once the screw is already loose, you can now use your hands to make it come off quicker. Lastly, separate the two fixtures.
Step 2: Unscrew the strainer nut.
Using any variations of the plumbing wrench, loosen the strainer locknut. This is usually the next fixture or bolt you will have to deal with once you have removed the slip nut. If you are confused with what type of wrench to use, you can drop by your local hardware store and check out their vast selection of wrenches. You can ask assistance from the attendant to make sure that you get just the right type of wrench for this task. If you are in a hurry, you can also use a screwdriver and a hammer to loosen the nut. Simply position the screwdriver on top of the lugs then hit it with the hammer. When you have removed the locknut, you can now detach the strainer from the sink with no hardship.
Step 3: Scrape off left-over and harden putty then clean the strainer opening.
When you remove the strainer, there are probably lines and strips of leftover putty material. Now, you certainly cannot apply anything over this because this will only be bulky and, as a result, raise your fixture in an uneven ground. Proceed to remove the leftovers by using a putty knife. Next, clean out any excess putty loitering the opening of the drain using a scouring pad.
Step 4: Apply the plumber’s putty.
Prepare the replacement strainer at hand for this step. Reach for the plumber’s putty, form strips of it and proceed to intertwine the two to make a rope structure. Place the rope of plumber’s putty along the opening of the drain. The next step is to place the new strainer on top of the putty but before that, make sure that you have wiped the bottom of the strainer thoroughly.
Step 5: Reassemble fixtures.
Lastly, all you need to do is to put everything back to order. Simply follow the steps you previously did by doing them in reverse order. Screw on the locknut to strengthen the strainer’s hold unto the sink. Reinstall the tailpiece using a wrench. Remember to never over tighten since this can cause leaks and fixture failure in the future. Check for leaks around the repaired area to make sure you did not overlook any detail. And finally, turn the tap on and see your handy work in action.