Although your bathroom sink drain pipe is hidden away, faults on it are disheartening. What would you do in a situation of leakage or even breakage? What would you do if the water continues to flow to back up into your sink? Whatever the situation is, it will require repairs to fix. But the big question is; can you do it yourself? Of with Adelaide Bathrooms self-help tips, you can do it within one or two hours.

Materials needed

  • Bucket
  • P-trap kit
  • Stiff-bristled brush
  • Plumber’s putty
  • PVC pipe
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Flashlight
  • Paper towels
  • Clean cloth
  • Hand gloves and safety goggles

How to change damaged sink pipe

  1. Clear the area of work

Turn off the supply of water to the sink. This step is important to ensure your safety by avoiding slip and fall. Thereafter, clear the area around and under the sink to gain access to the damaged drain pipe. Once this is done, illuminate the area with your touch light or any better source of light. Thereafter, put a bucket directly beneath the p-trap of your sink.

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  1. Dismantle sink connections

Ensure the bucket is in position. Once this is done, use your wrench or plier in loosening the coupling on both ends of the p-trap of the sink. Thereafter, remove the couplings. Once this is done, try to provide a support base for the sink to avoid it crashing on the floor. Thereafter with utmost care lower the assembly. Then discard any leftover water into the bucket under the sink.

Note: P-trap always stores water that helps prevent the entrance of sewer gases into your home. Please avoid any form of contact with the leftover water on the p-trap. This water is dangerous, it contains microorganisms that can harm you and your health.

  1. Clean Pipe

Clean the pipe on the sink drain and the many threads of the pipe. This pipe is the pipe hanging down from the dismantled p-trap. Also, clean the pipe hanging on the wall. To perform this task, you must use hot and soapy water with the stiff-bristled brush. Scrub these pipes well enough to get rid of any dirt. Look out for residues on clean pipes. Thereafter use the clean cloth to take out all residues.

  1. Assemble the new p-trap

On successful completion of the above step, assemble the new p-trap. To do this, you must first insert the washers and gaskets as instructed in the manual. Thereafter, raise the couple p-trap into place just well underneath the sink. That is; the previous position before you dismantled it. After this, use the wrench or plier to tighten on either side the couplings. Doing this helps to secure the p-trap and keep it in place.

Once this is done, turn on the source of water to your sink. Turn the tap and allow the water to run. Check for any leakages and where none remove the bucket. Replace everything you removed under your sink. Thereafter with utmost care dispose of the water in the bucket. Clean up your work space and take a good shower.

In a situation where you feel you cannot do this yourself, contact Adelaide Bathrooms. Our team of experts is available to help.