Thankfully, a mobile home plumbing system is merely a more simplified version of a stick built home’s plumbing system. This is good news if you’re up for a doable DIY project. And it’s sure to be a breeze for anyone with even the most basic understanding of plumbing repair.
Follow along as we walk you through how to remove a kitchen sink drain.
How to remove a kitchen sink drain
If you’re having issues with your kitchen sink leaking, keep in mind that removing the whole sink may be overkill. In most cases, the replacement of the drain system will suffice to resolve the leaky situation that’s befallen your mobile home kitchen.
First things first
Before you begin, let the family know what’s on the agenda for the day: you’re going to remove a kitchen sink drain. And that means, no using the kitchen sink until you’re done and the sink is repaired. Turning off the water supply is not necessary if you remember not to run the faucet at the sink you’re repairing.
In regards to the type of plumbing on your hands, this is contingent on the quality and age of your mobile home. You may have plumbing made of plastic, which means it is prone to corrosion and leaks. Or your plumbing may be galvanized metal. But this comes with its own problems too, such as rust issues.
If you’re finding your plumbing setup to be problematic all around, then you may wish to consider replacing all your plumbing material. Bear in mind that this may prove a better use of time and finances than replacing it as things break. Especially if things are already spiraling downhill. Additionally, there will be less stress involved if you take control of the project rather than let it get worse. It’ll save you from getting into an unplanned panic.
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Removing the kitchen sink drain parts
As with any other household, we’re sure the space underneath your kitchen sink is filled with cleaning supplies and such. Clear that area so you have enough space to work freely. We suggest using a headlamp so you can have a well-lit project as you work.
Using your pliers, you can loosen the slip nut that keeps the tailpiece attached to the drain underneath the sink. The tailpiece is a straight pipe connecting the sink drain to the p-trap. At this point, simply pulling on the tailpiece should detach it from the drain.
Now you’ll need pliers to loosen the other slip nut. This slip nut connects the tailpiece to the p-trap. (Visit the link if you’re not sure what the p-trap looks like.) Once the tailpiece is removed, set it aside.
From below the sink, you’ll want to loosen the strainer nut (link for reference). To do this, turn it counterclockwise with the help of a pipe wrench. To keep the sink strainer from moving while you work with the pipe wrench below, you’ll need a long nose plier. From above the sink, use the long nose plier to prevent the sink strainer from turning as you loosen the nut underneath the sink. Now that you’ve loosened everything, you can take the rubber gasket off from below the drain.
Finally, remove the sink drain from above. With a putty knife or scraping implement, remove any excess plumber’s putty that is left in place.
Know how to remove a kitchen sink drain is as simple as that.
Removing the p-trap
If you think your sink is clogged, you may only need to remove the p-trap and disregard the above ordeal.
The p-trap is found underneath the kitchen sink. It traps any grime that’s drained from the sink above. By trapping the debris, the grime does not travel further down your plumbing. Clogging is thus prevented from happening in hard to reach areas of your plumbing system. All the debris is collected right there under the sink for easy removal.
Underneath the p-trap, you’ll want to have a bucket ready to catch any drippings.
To remove the old p-trap, you need to unscrew the nut that attaches it to the underside of your sink.
To install a new p-trap, there’s no need for glue, thread tape, or sealant.
Ready to start your DIY project?
Look at that, now you know how to remove a kitchen sink drain in your mobile home. Besides any nasty gunk you may have found in your plumbing, didn’t that feel great? You removed a kitchen sink drain on your own, so more power to you. Feeling adventurous about those other repairs that require attic access?