If you've noticed an increase of roaches or silverfish in your kitchen, you may have a hidden water leak. These pests are attracted to damp wood and rooms with high humidity and often their presence is the first sign you have plumbing problems. The cabinet under the kitchen sink is difficult to see inside since it is so low, and it is often crammed with cleaning supplies and other items that block the view of pipes in the back. You could have a leak under the sink for a long time and not even know it. Here are some ways to inspect your sink for hidden leaks so you can figure out how to put an end to the problem.
Test For Rim Leaks
Water may be leaking under the sink because of a gap in the rim or the side of the sink. This happens when you splash water as you wash dishes. Splashing water happens more easily if the water pressure is too high or if you have a shallow sink. Splashing isn't normally a problem since your sink should be sealed. However, when your sink leaks around the rim, all that splashing can lead to rotting under the sink and even damage to the subfloor. To test the rim, pour a small amount of water against the back edge of the sink as well as the sides. Then, immediately look under the sink with a flashlight to look for drips. Even if the drip is minor, it should be repaired because a small drip can do a lot of water damage over time. Repairs could be as simple as applying caulk around the rim, or it might be as extensive as repairing wood damage and having a plumber install a new sink.
Check For Leaks In The Supply Lines
The supply lines to your faucet are way in the back of the cabinet, so one of them could have a slow leak go on for a long time without you noticing it until a mildew odor or water damage becomes obvious. These leaks can be difficult to detect because they are hard to see with a flashlight. The best way to check if a water line is dripping is to wipe it with a facial tissue. Move the tissue slowly along the line and around the valve and then look at it to see if it's wet. If so, you'll probably need to call a plumber to make repairs to the plumbing lines.
Look For Leaks In The Drains
Water from the drain under the sink is usually easier to spot. The drip will often be at the lowest part of the trap, even if the leak is higher up on the pipe. Run water in the sink and use a flashlight to look for dripping. Also, wipe the drain with a dry tissue to check for signs of water. If a leak is detected, the problem might be a loose fitting. Try to tighten the ring nuts to see if that helps. If your plumbing is old, parts of the drain may be stuck together, so you don't want to force them to move or you might cause bigger problems. Calling in a plumber like AAA Plumbing to repair or replace the drain would be the best option.
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