Many Minor Problems Can Necessitate Bathroom Sink Repairs
Plumbing problems are always annoying, often because you just don’t know how to fix them. There really isn’t that much that can go wrong with a sink, though, and usually the repairs are quite simple. All you need to do to get started fixing your problem is to take a careful look at the workings of the sink trying to find something that doesn’t look right. If you aren’t sure what to look for, you might take a look underneath one of your other sinks to see if you can find anything that looks different. Once you diagnose what the culprit might be, it’s usually a simple matter to go to a plumbing supply store and pick up the parts you need to do the bathroom sink repairs.
Of course, if there is water running all over your bathroom, you need to take some aggressive measures first. Acquaint yourself with where the water shut-offs are in your home. There should be one under each sink and toilet as well as a main valve in your utility area. Any time you are getting water where you don’t want it, the first thing you need to do is turn off the related water valve. Practice in advance so that you’ll know which way to turn the valve to turn it off. That way, if a toilet runs over or your sink is leaking, you’ll be able to stop the water flow quickly.
Water leaks are one of the most damaging things that can happen in your home, and you need to have the skills to stop them immediately. Turning the water off will do that, but don’t think that that in itself is going to stop the problem. In fact, if you turn the water back on before you repair the sink, it’s going to start leaking again. If your sink is leaking around the faucet, all you may need is a new rubber o-ring. Take the old one along to the store so that you can match it. This is a quick and inexpensive fix!
It could be that the repairs your bathroom sink needs have nothing to do with a leak. Maybe the problem is as simple as the sink not draining properly. The quickest fix for this is to add some type of drain cleaning chemicals, such as Drano or Liquid Plumber, into the drain and see if that will remove the clog. If not, you may need help in removing parts of the pipes under the sink in order to find the clogged area.