Repair Kitchen Sink Basket Strainer in London

Updated on Friday 24th July 2020

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Kitchen sink basket strainers in London, also named sink strainers or sink basket drains, represent durable sink components. Sometimes, though, they can get damaged, being necessary for a plumber in London to repair them. Here are the main steps taken when repairing kitchen sink basket strainers in London.

1.    Testing for the leak in your London home

The sink is filled up with water and a facial tissue is placed between the basket strainer and the sink. If the tissue gets wet, the basket strainer is leaking.

If there is water in the cabinet under the sink, chances are the basket strainer might be leaking. Old plumbing fixtures could be difficult to loosen, however, the plumbers in London will uninstall them and then set them up back together.

2.    Testing the gasket and the locknuts


Prior to removing any parts, the local plumbers will verify if the lock nut is tight. In case it is not, in some cases, just by tightening it, the leak can be stopped.

In case this does not solve the leak, the rubber gasket is verified prior to taking out the entire strainer. In case the rubber gasket is torn and rigid, replacing it might stop the leak.

3.    Unscrew the slip nuts of the sink strainer in London

The first thing our plumber in London does when fixing a kitchen sink basket strainer is to unscrew the slip nuts from the ends of the tailpiece. In order to do this, the channel-style pliers are utilized. The tailpiece from the body of the sink strainer and trap bend is disconnected. Then, the tailpiece is removed.

4.    Take off the locking nut

With the use of a basket strainer wrench, the big drain locking ring from beneath the strainer is removed. If this proves to be difficult, it is loosened by putting a screwdriver on the lugs and tapping it with a hammer. Afterwards, the locknut is unscrewed and the strainer assembly taken off.

5.    Removing the old plumber’s putty

In the following step for fixing a kitchen sink basket strainer in London, the old plumber’s putty is taken off from the drain opening, by using a putty knife. Our emergency plumber in London will pay attention not to scratch the sink finish with it. In order to achieve the best outcomes, the current washers and gaskets should be substituted. 

6.    Application of fresh putty on the drain flange

A layer of plumber’s putty is applied on the underside of the drain flange. Next, the drain is introduced into the sink.

7.    Reinstall the strainer in London

From under the sink, a rubber gasket and a metal or fiber friction ring are placed on the strainer. The gasket and ring are secured by tightening the drain locking ring. Then, the drain compressor seal is placed in the right position in the drain locknut, after which the drain locknut is reassembled and tightened. Finally, the water is turned on and the kitchen sink basket strainer in London is tested for any leaks.

Which kitchen sink basket strainer should I choose?

Make sure you buy a new high-quality kitchen sink basket strainer assembly with a robust finish and a solid stopper mechanism. The most appropriate strainers are the ones that have a spin-lock or a twist-and-drop stopper.

Do not acquire push-in strainers with a non-replaceable neoprene stopper, as well as the ones with a plastic knob. The plastic pieces can easily break and they do not seal properly if boiling water is spilled on them.

In case you need to repair a kitchen sink basket strainer in London, we invite you to get in touch with our local plumbers. 
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