You absolutely need your kitchen plumbing system to keep working without any fail. But that’s more of a wish than a reality.
You should expect to encounter various problems with your kitchen plumbing system, from drain clogs to leaky faucets.
As a clever DIYer, you may be looking to save some money on hiring a professional plumber.
And yes, you can take on various plumbing jobs on your own and successfully complete them.
We are looking at eight common kitchen plumbing problems and relevant repairs.
What Is a Leaking Faucet and How Does the Problem Arise?
It’s when the faucet fails to shut off completely even after turning it off. Therefore, the faucet will drip water into the sink bowl. Sometimes it’s a steady trickle, m and at times, it’s just a few drops. This can significantly waste your water and contribute to higher bills.
The faucet may also leak water from the part of the assembly. Ignoring the problem is going to be quite expensive than fixing it head-on.
Now, the underlying cause for a leaky faucet is worn-out gaskets or rings inside the faucet assembly.
You can consider replacing the faucet entirely. There are certain advantages of choosing this option as you’ll be getting a brand-new faucet that may serve you for quite a time to come.
You can also upgrade to a better faucet with water-saving features. The replacement will be less intricate than taking apart the faucet and may actually take you less time.
If costs of purchasing a new faucet are a bit high, you may consider replacing the worn-out parts. You can replace the cartridge, o-rings, and washers to fix the problem.
Some universal faucet replacement kits can be bought online, but you should make sure that they are suitable for your model.
When taking apart the faucet, it can be helpful to find a video showing the disassembly of that particular type.
You should take photos and videos along the way to make sure that you can put together the faucet with the new parts.
One of the most common problems most homeowners will experience is a clogged sink. Calling an emergency plumber every time you have a minor clog may be time-consuming and resource-intensive.
You need to have a few tricks up your sleeve, and here are some solutions you can try:
Use a plunger to clear the clog. Take note that there is a correct and wrong way to use a plunger. The bell should be submerged under the waterline, with the rubber forming a tight seal with the sink drain hole. You should then pull and push the plunger in forceful thrusts for up to 20 seconds.
You can pour hot water down the drain. But make sure you have emptied as much of the standing water as possible as it may dilute the hot water.
You can prepare a solution of baking soda and vinegar to pour down the drain.
Again, begin by removing as much of the standing water as possible and pouring the baking soda into the drain hole, followed by the vinegar.
You can block the drain with the plug and leave the mixture standing for up to 15 before rinsing with hot water.
You can fashion a DIY drain snake from a clothes hanger and insert it down the kitchen drain.
But for better results, just purchase a DIY drain snake from local hardware stores or online stores.
Another solution is removing the p-trap. It may have collected debris that is blocking the flow of water. You should have all the necessary tools on hand to open the p-trap assembly.
For plastic drains, you may unscrew them with your hands. Take extra caution as the system may be under pressure.
It also helps to have a drain snake that you can insert into the drain after removing the p-trap to find and clear any internal pipe blockages.
Low Water Pressure From the Faucet
You may be getting the right pressure from all faucets around the house but low pressure from your kitchen faucet. This problem is quite common, and it’s typically caused by a clogged aerator.
The aerator is typically found at the sprout, and it prevents water from splashing the moment it hits the kitchen utensils.
With most faucets, you can simply unscrew the aerator and check for any collected debris. After cleaning it, you just replace it, and the water pressure issue should be generally sorted.
Garbage Disposal Problems
Garbage disposal problems can come in many forms. The most common issue is a jam, and it’s
typically caused when hard substances such as seeds get stuck between the flywheel and the housing.
You can try the first intervention, which entails running water with the garbage disposal on to see if it clears up the jam. If that fails, you can try moving the impeller arms using a dowel or a wooden spoon.
The garbage disposal unit should be off when attempting this technique, and you just need to insert the wooden spoon until it connects with one of the impeller arms. .
Some other garbage disposal issues may be resolved by switching the unit on and off or resetting it.
When you are uncertain about any plumbing issue, you should always get help from a professional plumber, even if it’s going to cost you.
The plumber may achieve more permanent results and offer advice about how to mitigate the problem in the future.