Leaking drain pipes not only create unsanitary and health hazards, but also they will cause a big loss of water. Most of the time a leaking drain is detected only after the leak had caused much damage. Either you may find out when the reading on the water meter of your home shows higher value even you have not been using any extra water over a long period of time or when you experience a lot of sewer back up problems with the particular sewer line
There are many companies that are available in the plumbing industry that are able to help to stop the unusual flooding caused by a drain leak but with proper equipment and a can-do attitude can fix the problem by the home-owner him/herself. Here are some guidelines to be aware of the basics of plumbing with regard to a drain leak repair.
The problem area can be identified by checking the pipe connections. In most cases the leak may be due to loosely tightened screws where the P-trap connects to the body. Other reasons may include broken parts, cracked seals, blockage etc. For this specific job, you just need a joint compound, drainage system manual and a wrench.
To start with your task, you need to confirm the location of the leak. First check your drainage area and find out the area for broken joints or snapped pipes. Once you have determined the correct location you can begin your repair.
Turn off the water supply inside and outside the home to stop the flow to the drain so that you can carefully avoid getting wet from any dripping water otherwise water becomes stagnant.
Next step is to check the pipes. With the help of wrench you can unscrew the nut and check for any cracks both on the interior and exterior of the pipe. It is also required to check the threads as there are chances to break down over time.
According to the requirement you need to replace one or more parts. If it is in case of threads then you have to simply replace the nuts, sliding from the tail side. On the other hand if you find the pipes to be the cause of the problem, then the corresponding leaking pipes would require replacement.
Once you have obtained your replacement parts then you have to install them by connecting the new joints and adjust in such a way that there should be no bends which may block the flow of water. Make sure to tighten all nuts properly if required add joint compound.
After putting back everything, restart the water supply and watch over the repaired area for any further leaks. You can add water pressure slowly, to avoid any breaks if the problem is not fixed properly. However if you have inspected the job and found the issue resolved then you have been success in it. As plumbing is not for everyone and if the problem is a complex one it is essential to call a professional.