Whether you own or rent your home, you never want to reach under your sink for cleaning supplies or anything else you store in the cabinet and find a soggy mess instead. A leak under your kitchen sink is never good and if you are like many people, you do not get under your kitchen sink often enough to have a good idea of how long that leak has been an issue once you find it. In addition to cleaning up the mess under your sink, you will also want to be sure that you figure out the cause of the issue as soon as possible so you can get it resolved. Get to know a few of the possible causes of your leaky kitchen sink so you can begin the plumbing repair process right away.
A Cracked Garbage Disposal
One of the possible causes of your kitchen sink issues may actually be the garbage disposal in your sink. While many people do not realize it, the garbage disposal is not meant to be used frequently to get rid of large amounts of food. In fact, certain foods (like potato peels among other food scraps) should never go down the garbage disposal because they can easily cause clogs or damage to the system.
However, even with normal use, garbage disposals can suffer damage and can simply wear down. If you have cleared clogs in your sink in the recent past or noticed issues with your garbage disposal not properly processing food scraps from your sink, you may have a crack in your garbage disposal.
When your garbage disposal is cracked, you will not necessarily notice any water leaking under your sink until after you run the disposal. As the disposal runs, water will go into it and leak out through the crack which can make the leak difficult to detect at first. Luckily, changing out a cracked garbage disposal is a quick and easy plumbing repair for any skilled plumber and can be done in less than 30 minutes if they have the new disposal on hand.
Corrosion or Other Issues with the Sink Trap
Sink traps are a part of the plumbing under your kitchen and bathroom sinks and are easy to access and find. The trap is the curved area of the pipe coming down from your sink that dips lower than the rest of the pipe. It is designed to help hold or temporarily trap solid waste coming from the sink so that major plumbing clogs do not occur further down the pipes.
This sink trap can sometimes be the cause of your leaking sink. Because solid waste sometimes sits in the trap for a while, corrosion to the pipe can occur over time. If the metal is damaged enough, it will become soft or develop cracks and holes that could cause leaking issues. Similarly, loose trap joints (the connections between the rest of the pipe and the trap) and clogged or blocked traps can also cause leaking.
You can easily tighten loose trap joints yourself and could even remove the trap to clear out a block. However, if the trap has become corroded, it will need to be replaced entirely.
With these possible causes of your kitchen sink leak in mind, you can be sure that you get the plumbing repair you need to get your sink back in working order as soon as possible.