The nest of plastic piping under our kitchen sink has developed an as
yet small leak. It's a combination of the main sink drain, half sink
drain and dishwasher drain.
What's the best way I can tell which of the many joints is leaking?
There's only dampness around the fittings at the moment so I can't
actually see anything dripping from anywhere.
I would agree. We came back from a walk on Boxing day to find our
kitchen flooded. One of the pipes had fallen out and the dishwasher
had emptied itself over the cupboard and the floor. I would also
advise people to check these pipes occasionaly as they can clearly
work loose.....you only need to look at a pub urinal or sink to see
how unreliable they are!
If somone can recommend a particular brand that is more reliable or
foolproof I would be interested to hear about it.
The best way is to use Terrain where possible - this uses solvent weld
connections and won't leak ever if properly done. And just use push fit or
compression etc where essential. Obviously Terrain requires more care and
skill to fit - it has to be properly lined up when cementing together as
you don't get a second chance.
*Ah, I see the f**k-up fairy has visited us again
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
Once the pipes have been dried off as above, tie strips of kitchen paper
near each joint and see which ones get wet. This will locate the slowest
of leaks even if is so slow that the paper dries but telltale stains
Find some self coloured absorbent paper and use that. I use blue, as it
shows up quite well when it gets wetted. Kim wipe is one form of it and
can usually be found outside a supermarket for drying the trolley handles.
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