If the bottom of your bathroom sink cabinet is slick with water, you might think there's a leak at the base of your sink. The braided water line attached to your water supply and shutoff valve may actually be the reason for your slick sink cabinet. Learn more about leaking braided water lines and the solutions you may need for your line below.
Why Do Braided Water Lines Leak?
Braided water lines are flexible hoses that connect water supply and shutoff valves to plumbing fixtures, such as sink faucets and toilets. The lines make it possible for you to receive water from your home's cold and hot water supply lines. If the braided water line beneath your sink kinks up, cracks, corrodes, or even stretches beyond its normal capacity, it can release small drops of water onto the floor of the cabinet.
Your braided water line can also leak if something loosens up the nuts and washers that hold it in place beneath your sink. The nuts and washers prevent water from escaping the line as it travels through your plumbing system. If the nuts corrode or loosen up with time, they can allow small drips of water to leak out of the braided water line.
Now that you have a new understanding of braided water lines and why they leak, you can take care of your problem today.
What Can You Do About Your Braided Water Line?
If you're okay with doing so, you can try to locate and fix the source of the leak in your water line yourself. However, the line may not be the only possible reason for the water under your sink. In this case, you want to call and schedule an appointment with a residential plumber or an HVAC contractor.
A contractor can examine the sink's water supply and shutoff valve to see if it needs servicing. The valve's washer and nuts can break and leak. In addition, a contractor can see if the large plumbing pipes beneath your sink need repairs. The plumbing pipes and connection points behind your bathroom wall may also be in need of attention.
A contractor will address the source of your water leak as soon as they find it. If you need multiple services to repair the leak, a contractor will let you know beforehand.
If you need help repairing or replacing your braided water line or another fixture in your bathroom, contact a residential plumbing contractor today.
To learn more, contact a company that offers residential plumbing services.