If you opened the cabinet under your kitchen sink today and were met with a nasty odor wafting out, then the drain on your sink is likely leaking water. As the plumbing leaks, the cabinet, floor, and wall become wet and grow stinky mold and mildew. Since mold and mildew smell and are dangerous for your family's health, it is vital that you fix the leaking sink as soon as possible and treat any mold that is present.
Follow this simple procedure to fix your kitchen sink and remove the mold:
Step 1: Remove Everything from the Cabinet
Before you try to fix your leaking kitchen sink, first remove everything from the cabinet below it. This will give you more room to work.
Once the cabinet is empty, you should wipe it out well with a clean, wet rag.
Step 2: Find the Source of the Leak
Turn on the sink's water and watch the plumbing below in the cabinet to determine where the sink is leaking. If you can see water but can't determine where it is coming from, then rub a thin layer of dishwashing soap along the plumbing and watch for it to bubble where the pipe is leaking.
Step 3: Replace or Reseal the Leaking Plumbing Part
If your kitchen sink is leaking around the drain where it connects to the pipe, then you can remove the pipe with a wrench and reseal the connection with plumber's tape. However, if you find that a section of the pipe is cracked or pitted, then you need to remove the pipe and replace it with a new one.
Step 4: Spray the Mold and Mildew Growth Areas with Bleach Solution
Once you have the plumbing leak stopped, then you need to remove any mold and mildew that has been growing inside of the cabinet. If the cabinet is just a bit wet, then you can dry it. However, if there is excessive mold damage or the cabinet has turned to mush, then you will need to remove the wood and replace it.
To treat the mold, spray or sponge on a solution of household bleach mixed with water. Apply the bleach solution anywhere you see the black stains. Let the bleach solution sit on the stains for a few minutes and then wipe it out with a clean towel.
Step 5: Leave the Cabinet's Door Open to Completely Dry Its Interior
Finally, to ensure that the cabinet completely dries, leave its door open and place a fan in front of it. Dry out the cabinet for a day or two before you close the door again.
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