Reasons To Consider Repairing Your Sink
Did you just drop a water glass in your bathroom sink and caused an ugly chip in your enamel sink? Or is that unsightly crack in your kitchen porcelain sink becoming an eyesore to you?
The sinks in our bathrooms and kitchens are one of the most necessary amenities in our household. Due to the high usage frequency, they tend to get worn down more quickly.
Common Sink Materials
Sinks come in a variety of materials and styles.
Depending on the sink’s material, there are many possible defects in a sink. For example, rusting or corrosion of copper sinks, stubborn stains, and more commonly, chips and cracks on porcelain or enamel sinks.
A chipped or cracked sink may not just be an eyesore, but it could lead to bigger issues like a nasty leak or mold growth.
5 Common Sink Materials
- Stainless steel sinks: Most frequently used in the kitchen.
- Porcelain or enamel over over cast iron sinks: A popular material for kitchen sinks too but can be damaged by sharp impacts.
- Composite sinks: Often made from quartz or granite mixed with an acrylic binder.
- Copper sinks: Usually sealed to prevent corrosion.
- Glass sinks: Common material for vessel sinks, but tend to get scratched easily.
Our company is unable to repair cracks or chips on porcelain or enamel sinks. If the damage is mild, DIY restoration kits may be available from hardware stores.But more often than not, such repairs do not last, hence we do not offer such restoration services.
If the damage is serious, one normally needs to replace the sink completely.
Mould Growing Around Kitchen Sink
Is the silicone seal around your kitchen sink dirty and black – an absolute eyesore?
The blackish stuff you see in the silicone is most probably a mixture of dirt, grime and mould. Any mould growth there is unavoidable since this area gets wet, with all the water splashing around the sink every day.
Sometimes, you may even see white worms around the sink! They grow in mouldy spots, most commonly the drain pipes in our sinks, showers and bathtubs. The best way to eliminate them is to get rid of their breeding spots. Wipe or scrub off any mould patches around your sink and pour drain cleaner down the drain pipes.
Cleaning the mould is going to be very tough, and after cleaning, the mould will just return again – given Singapore’s warm humid climate. We recommend removing the existing silicone sealant and reseal it with proper anti-fungal silicone sealant.
If you do not wish to do it yourself, contact us and we can help you strip away the old silicone seal, and reapply new silicone around your kitchen sink.
Water Seeping Beneath Sink’s Rim
Sometimes you may find water seeping under the sink and onto the countertop or cabinet. This means that the sealing at the joint between the sink and countertop has worn off or cracked.
Over time, the caulk (sealant for the joint) dries out and cracks, and need to be replaced periodically to make sure the area it seals remains clean and dry. If not repaired, the seeping water will eventually erode the countertop or cabinet, leading to much damage and costly repairs.
Water may also run down the outside of the sink and onto the outside of the drain assembly, dripping onto the floor. To prevent such leaks from the sink basket, replace the putty seal between the basket and the sink. To do this, you will need to take apart the sink basket assembly and the drain line tail piece.
If you feel all the above DIY plumbing repairs are too complicated or time-consuming for you, and you prefer to spend your free time watching soccer on Starhub Cable TV, just contact us and we will send our experienced plumbers to your site to help you.
Simply fill up your preferred date and time in our contact form and we will fix up your appointment at your convenience.