Do you have a plumbing repair kit in your home to make emergency repairs quickly? Having everything you need in one bucket or box can help you eliminate some of the stress that comes with plumbing emergencies. On this blog, you will find out what you should have in your kit and some basic tips about making these repairs to avoid further damage to your home. It is my hope that you will find more than enough information to keep your home dry, your drains draining, and a peace of mind and lack of stress to tackle these dreaded household occurrences.
No one wants to open up their undersink cabinet and discover a leak. Not only does it temporarily make the sink unusable, it can also lead to mold, mildew, and a host of structural problems. The following tips can help you mitigate the damage from the leak while you wait for the plumber to show up and make the repair.
Tip #1: Shut off the water
Your first task is to make sure the damage doesn't get worse. You can do this most easily by simply turning off the water to the sink. Locate the main water valve, which is most likely below the sink. Some sinks have a single valve, while others have both a cold and hot water valve. By twisting these off you don't have to worry about any accidental usage.
Tip #2: Perform a quick cleanout
Don't leave all of your stored items in the damp cabinet. Removing them serves a couple of purposes. Your plumber will be better able to work and fix the leak if the cabinet is empty, so this is one of the most important reasons to do this task. You also need get everything out and dried to prevent mold and water damage to both the stored items and the cabinets interiors. Place things in an area with good air circulation, or outside on a dry day, so they can dry out quickly.
Tip #3: Dry out the cabinet
Acting quickly to dry out the wood and drywall inside the cabinet can minimize water damage. Leave the cabinet doors open to encourage air circulation. You may also want to set up a fan nearby to speed up the process. It's even better if you happen to have a dehumidifier, as this can suck out much of the moisture from inside the cabinet.
Tip #4: Bleach it out
Once the cabinet is dry you will need to tackle any mildew or mold spores that found their way in. A bleach-based cleaner is your best option, since bleach kills mold and mildew. You can also make your own by diluting bleach in water. If the leak was inside the wall, it's usually necessary to replace the damaged drywall in the rear of the cabinet. This is because you won't be able to kill any mold on the back side. Go ahead and cut out the damaged drywall before the plumber arrives, since this will make it easier for them to reach the leak.
For more help with an undersink leak, contact a plumbing contractor in your area.