Sink Drain Leaks & Troubleshooting

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Sink drain leaks can happen for a variety of different reasons including a failing tail piece. Learn about sink drain leaks and troubleshooting with help from the president and owner of Source Development Inc. in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Nicholas Iarocci, The Home Source Guy, president and owner of Source Development, Inc., a residential and commercial construction company in Garnerville, New York and this is sink drain leaks and troubleshooting. These pipes on our model were made out of plastic. You can have galvanized, you can have brass, copper any sort of pipe really. The thing to look for is especially you know, it's very typical that this tail piece is brass, not on our particular model but in many homes. So what happens is that this deteriorates and it causes leakages. If you have a plastic set up like we are displaying here, there are nylon gaskets under these retention nuts. They might be dirty so you can take them off and clean them. You can add some sealant to them. You could try some Teflon tape also to try to seal them and reinstall them. Very often too you might notice that the actual pipe itself, that the nylon nut is attached to ends up getting dirty and that might have to be cleaned and then reset. If you have a metal trap you might notice that the bottom of the trap is corroded, it might be leaking, the seals and the gaskets are a little different than the plastic ones, so you might have to use some Teflon tape to wrap around them and then reseal them. You might notice that you are getting leakage from the strainer as well, maybe just a little torqing on the strainer could do it with a strainer wrench. If that doesn't do it, you can reset the strainer with new plumber's putty and then reinstall it. And this was sink drain leaks and troubleshooting. I hope that helps you out. This is Nicholas Iarocci, The Home Source Guy, president and owner of Source Development, Inc., a residential and commercial construction company in Garnerville, New York. Reach out to me on Facebook at The Home Source Guy. We'll see you next time.

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