How To Replace Your Leaking Kitchen Sink Basket Strainer

kitchen sink basketYour kitchen sink basket plays an important role in your plumbing. It is the one responsible for catching the soiled water and waste that go down the drain and deliver them safely into the drainpipes for disposal. Now if it is already corroded or leaking badly, you should have it replaced to prevent more problems. A pool of water building up under your sink is definitely bad and may even lead to the growth of bacteria or mold which can compromise the safety of people in your home. So check under your sink. Is the sink basket or its strainer already good to go? Read on learn how you can replace it on your own!

1. Gather your materials. You’ll need these to complete this project successfully:

  • new sink basket unit
  • plumber’s putty
  • adjustable wrench
  • slip-joint pliers
  • locking pliers
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • rotary tool

2. If the system is already corroded, then there’s no need for testing. However, if you’re not sure if it’s actually leaking, just fill your kitchen sink up with water. Get a tissue or a kitchen towel and wipe it just between the sink and its strainer. If it gets wet with water, then that’s a sign that you need to have the strainer replaced!

3. Now to remove the sink basket, you’ll need to loosen its coupling nut first. It is found at the base of your sink basket strainer. Use your slip-joint pliers to slide it completely away from the threads. If your sink basket spins, you’ll have to hold it securely with the help of your pliers and screwdriver. Simply insert the pliers’ handles into the grate and then insert the screwdriver in between them to create a nice hold on it.

4. If the basket’s locknut doesn’t budge, you’ll have to cut it right up to the ring (cardboard ring). Be careful not to cut into the very washbasin. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, use a chisel and cut the area. Hammer it to crack it open. And oh, don’t forget to wear your reliable goggles while doing this!

5. Once you have removed the sink basket, get ready to install the new one. Roll your plumber’s putty into a rope that’s about the diameter of a pencil. Place it just around the lip of the drain hole. Now position the strainer in place and then press it down firmly, creating a tight connection between the unit and putty. Install your rubber gasket, the ring and then the locknut. Tighten the unit and let it sit around before testing.

We hope that our blog post today helped you replace your kitchen sink basket strainer. Remember, you won’t experience plumbing issues with your washbasin as long as you know how to take care of your kitchen sink. And should you need professional assistance, just look for the best US plumbing experts! Plumbers 911 delivers top-notch plumbing services in the US such as kitchen remodeling, plumbing fixture repair, faucet repair, grease trap installation and many more!

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Posted on: June 10, 2015