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Hi all

I dismantled the kitchen sink plumbing and cleaned the pipes to improve the slow drainage. However, after I connected the pipes back together and ran the tap for say 20 secs water started to leak from the top of the sink trap connections as circled in the photo.

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I've added ptfe tape to both connections but the top right connection is still leaking at the same rate as before. I did look into buying a complete new sink trap but I need a push fit type which apparently is not as common to get hold of. Therefore is it a case of adding more ptfe tape until leak stops?

With regards to the slow drainage, the cleaning of the pipes has not improved the situation. I also used a rod to ensure there were no blockages in the drainaway pipe behind sink unit. If I run the tap for a while the sink starts to fill up and can then take a few minutes to completely drain away. Does this suggest there is a blockage further down the line or has the dismantling of the pipes somehow caused back siphonage?

Any advice will be gratefully received. :stooge_curly:



Gas Engineer
Unable to open your pics but if the trap is leaking then it has to be a washer or an 'O' ring seal. As for your blockage try using a drain cleaner I would recommend "One shot" from B&q just read instructions regarding push fit waste.
Also Hi & welcome. If you register with the forum you'll get a lot more advice.


Gas Engineer
macalpine traps will fit most pipework
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