Welcome to TomahawkDIY. Today we’re going to take a look at a drain pipe that’s been leaking a little bit, show you how easy it is to disconnect and reassemble. The first thing to do is simply to unscrew. Make sure you have a bucket; you can see some water coming out. Now, I’ll warn you this is usually going to be quite stinky because of the gooseneck here, or also called a P-trap. That provides a break or separation between the sewer gases coming up from the sewer and your sink, so it should always be full of water. That keeps the sewer smell out of our houses. It’s a good idea to go and rinse them out in a bathtub or other sink to get some of the mess and the buildup, this black build up. This one’s been rinsed recently,
so it’s relatively clean. You may need to disconnect back here as well, and clean this. It can be slid off and poured out. You can see down there, there’s lots of black gunk in the pipes and that’s perfectly normal. But, by sliding these off and cleaning them you may be able to stop a leak. To reassemble, you simply repeat the operation. You want to get this ring, you see it’s a tapered ring, you want to get that lined up and tighten this loosely. As you go to put it back together,
you can loosely connect the different parts. You don’t want to tighten them all one at a time, but rather connect them loosely and
line up your different rings. You may have to fiddle with them to get them to the right height so they
sit properly. Once you’ve finished getting these all tightened down,
you can see they’re designed to be tightened by hand so you don’t need any special tools. It would be a good idea, you can see how we’ve got some bits of water all over the pipes from the work, so I like to
go ahead and wipe those off. Then turn on the water look for any leaks coming out.
Feel for some leaks. Go ahead and leave a bucket under here and
check it in the morning. I’ll make sure my bucket’s dried out and keep an eye on this after it’s been used for a day or two and see if we have
any further leaks developing. If there are leaks that develop, you’ll want
to just go buy a new assembly here and replace it. If there are no leaks developing, then you’re good to go.
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