Sunday, August 17, 2008

Water Pouring Out Of A Sink Cabinet Can't Be Good

At least, that's what we at Tiny Old House think. We would prefer to keep our draining water INSIDE our pipes. The water draining from our washing machine had other plans this morning, and plotted an escape route into the kitchen. (Good thing we have a water efficient front loader!)

Upon inspection, we noticed that the sink drain was about 1/2 inch away from the actual drain pipe. We don't believe this was the case 2 months ago when we reinstalled the sink for the 4th time into the new granite countertop, but we also don't believe the sink magically decided to move 1/2 inch inside a solid granite countertop...

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We've obviously been living on borrowed time for a kitchen flood!

We weighed our options. We could do a temporary band-aid fix, or re-plumb the entire sink. We opted for the band-aid this time, with the knowledge that some time in the next few months we will re-do all of the plumbing down there.

Here's our band-aid:
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It's a new FLEXIBLE sink drain.

We affixed this new sink drain to the sink and to the drain apparatus, using teflon tape to secure and seal all of the new joints.

The finished product:
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A sink that drains AND doesn't leak!

I'll keep you updated on how long this actually lasts... we were warned by the floor person at the hardware store that these clog up with food in about 2 months. Hopefully we will find time before then to do the full replacement.

14 comments:

Karen in Wichita said...

Would "where's the p-trap?" be a stupid question?

Jennifer said...

Karen~ It's on the right side, under the other bowl of the sink... but you can't see it at all in either picture. The sink is a dual bowl sink. Not a stupid question at all!

Silvia said...

thank god somebody else asked already where the p-trap is...that does not look very professional. Would it be too much to ask to get a basic plumbing booklet at the hardware store to at least give you an idea how to hook that up so you don't find yourself in more trouble than necessary? Good luck with the fix!

Silvia said...

If you have a double sink, you need 2 p-traps, not just one under one bowl.

Jennifer said...

Silvia~ It is VERY amateur... done by the PO's. This particular sink set up only REQUIRES one P-trap, however... it's offset. Doesn't mean it's the BEST. We'll definitely do it the "right" way when we fix it!

What we did today was only to keep the water from flooding our kitchen again temporarily! I hope it works until we have the time to redo the whole thing!

Chile said...

Plumbing is such a pain in the ... you-know-what! Glad it was a relatively easy temporary repair.

Bungalow Monster said...

I am really curious as to what would cause the two pipes to separate as much as they did? Wow... floor drop or sink raise? Did you figure it out?

SmilingJudy said...

Oy! Frightening. I was wondering about the p-trap, too. Stupid POs!

Stephanie said...

Yikes! Hope the fix goes smoothly!

Robj98168 said...

Speaking as a plumber- you can have one P-Trap on the drain line. The purpose of a P-trap is to make a water seal so sewer/septic gases don't come into the house. From what Jennifer descirbed there is nothing wrong at all with this hook up.

Andrea said...

That fix seems kinda ingenious to me! Especially knowing that a real fix is - excuse the pun - coming down the pipe soon!

modernemama said...

I had no idea there was such a thing as a flexible drain. Brilliant.

Jennifer said...

Bungalow Monster~
I'm guessing the sink hole in the granite is in a slightly wrong position; we were not the ones who reinstalled the sink (we were holding it in place). Getting the sink hole cut was hard work... I'm guessing we still didn't get it right!

Rob~
Thanks for the knowledge of plumbing! It's hard to tell what's going on with only half of it in the picture! There's definitely a p-trap between the main waste line and ANY of the other drainage!

Anonymous said...

The P-trap is supposed to bebetween the sink (any drain fixture) & the drain pipe. If that is the drain pipe in trhe picture then ther eisn;t a P-trapp between THIS sink & the drain
So it id wrong