Leaking lead trap under sink


29 May 2005
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United Kingdom

The lead trap under the bathroom sink has decided to start leaking this morning. Water is dripping from the cover plate on the bottom of the trap.

We have a plumber coming on Monday to take a look at it and decide what to do for the best, but is there a temporary solution so that I can keep using the basin? It all looks quite fragile and potentially corroded, so I don't want to fiddle too much in case it breaks off in my hand!

I guess the plumber will swap it out for plastic, but I did wonder if it is worth a few turns of PTFE tape around the joint as a temporary measure? Will that hold?!

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i don't think wrapping ptfe round the cap will seal it, it will be a brass insert into the lead with a removeable cap to clean out that is leaking and will have to be replaced, i have suggested denso tape on ths site before for temp sealing of things like this and have got slaughtered but it works!!
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Done that already! :D

Just wanted to check there wasn't an easy quick fix.

Thanks again.

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