If you go to retrieve an item from the cabinet under your sink and discover there is an unsightly puddle of water there, you have reason to be alarmed. A puddle of water in the floor of your cabinet is a sign there is a problem that immediately warrants a call to a professional plumber. Failure to resolve this problem expeditiously can result in mold buildup and rotting wood that could necessitate replacing the cabinet entirely. Our team from Heaton Plumbing in La Porte will outline some common causes for water leakage beneath the sink. We also recommend they be addressed without delay.
Cracks in the Drainpipes Beneath Your Sink
After repeatedly becoming clogged, water and pressure can build up in the drainpipes situated beneath your sink. This can cause cracks to appear in the piping. Water leaks through these cracks, resulting in puddles of it being found in your cabinet. When your pipes become cracked, they will either need to be repaired or replaced. Small cracks can be repaired using epoxy putty. Larger cracks will require the pipes to be changed out.
Another reason you may find water leaking beneath your sink is that your pipes are corroded. Corrosion can occur due to wear and tear over time. Corrosion can also result from the use of caustic drain cleaners. If your pipes are corroded, they need to be replaced.
Connections Are Loose or Wearing Out
A sink usually has two water connections that supply water to the faucet. Kitchen sinks that have a sprayer will contain three water connections. If any of these are loose or wearing out, water will leak down into your cabinets. Loose connections can easily be tightened. Connections that are worn out must be changed.
Your P-Trap Is Clogged
The P-trap is the section of the pipe under your sink that curves. The purpose of the P-trap is to keep nasty odors from coming up through the drain. When food, debris, or grease builds up in the P-trap, it can become clogged, which can potentially cause water leakage.
Your Washers Are Worn Out
A worn-out washer is arguably one of the most common reasons your sink will leak down into your cabinet. Each time you turn on the faucet, friction is applied to the washers, which will wear on them over time. Once a washer wears out, you will notice water leaks that begin around the faucet spout. Replacing the faulty washer will make the leakage stop.
If you start noticing puddles in your cabinets, contact us without delay. Our experts at Heaton Plumbing can get to the bottom of it using our state-of-the-art leak detection services. Our leak detection services are offered to clients located throughout the Greater La Porte area. Once the cause for your leak is determined, we will fix it right away to prevent further damage.