If your sink is leaking or clogged, you may need to replace your drain trap. A drain trap, also known as a P-trap, is a curved piece of pipe under your sink that can leak, become corroded or clogged after years of use. Replacing a drain trap is a simple two-step project; great for DIYers of all skill levels. You’ll need just 15 minutes to an hour and some basic supplies:
TOOLS & MATERIALS
- Tongue and Groove Pliers
- Mini Hacksaw
- Replacement Trap
- Small Bucket
When taking on this DIY task, be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear.
Remove P-trap. Start by placing a small bucket under your drain trap. Loosen the slip nut securing the trap to the drainpipe and waste line. Remove the trap, allowing the water to spill into the bucket.
Install P-trap. Attach the new trap arm to the exposed drain stub with the slip nut and washer. If needed, trim the trap arm to fit with the hacksaw. If it’s not long enough, using the extension kit to lengthen it, attach the trap bend to the trap arm with slip nuts and washers. Secure the nuts with tongue and groove pliers, being sure not to overtighten.
Your repair is complete!