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Common Problems with Your Kitchen Sink

Thursday, August 12, 2021
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Kitchen sinks are a central fixture in your home. They keep your hands clean, they’re a source of drinking water, they keep your dishes nice and clean, and they help you prepare food, too. With all this use over time, you’re bound to run into one of these common problems that kitchen sinks often have.

Check out this list of common kitchen sink problems so that you can recognize them and know how to address them when they come up.

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Broken Garbage Disposal

A broken garbage disposal can be caused by a few different things, but no matter what caused it, it will be a nuisance. Any food still stuck in the disposal will give off unpleasant odors, in addition to the food that now has to sit in your garbage can instead of being flushed away by the disposal. Remember that these foods can break your garbage disposal:

  • Eggshells
  • Fibrous vegetable peels
  • Coffee grounds
  • Grease and oil

You may be able to fix the garbage disposal on your own if it’s only jammed. Check with a light and look for anything that might be jamming the blades. If you see something, use a tool to try and flush it out—never use your bare hands. If there’s nothing that appears to be jamming the disposal, call a plumber who can diagnose the problem and address it.

Clogged Drain

A common problem, especially for those without a garbage disposal, is the clogged drain. You’ll want to address the clog as soon as possible. Otherwise, the foul odors and standing water is likely to attract insects.

There are a few DIY approaches that might clear your clogged sink. The simplest approach is to reach down and see if you can pull out whatever is causing the clog. If there’s nothing to pull out, try drain-clearing chemicals. These may not fully address the problem either, though. If the drain is still clogged, get a plunger. You can plunge your kitchen sink just like you would a toilet. If the stubborn clog survives all your attempts, then you should call a qualified plumber to take care of this issue.

Leaky Faucet

Letting a leaky faucet keep dripping can be costly. One, you’re risking your sanity by living the consistent drip-drop of the faucet. Other than that, it wastes water. Depending on the amount your faucet is leaking, it could cost you a noticeable amount more than your usual water bill.

The first thing you should do is check to see if your sink’s handle is loose. If it’s loose, you could push it all the way down, and it may not turn the water fully off. Aside from the handle, the problem could lie in the water supply, in weak valves, or a loose faucet covering. In any case, the best course of action is to call a plumber who knows how to identify and fix the problem.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure can make simple tasks take longer and waste your time. You’ll find doing dishes to be a long chore, and even just washing your hands might double in time. In most cases, low water pressure is not something you’ll be able to fix on your own. However, there are two situations that you could address.

The first could be that you’ve accidentally turned the valve under your kitchen sink, maybe when reaching under for something else. Check to see if the valve is fully open. Also, the problem could be that the aerator has a mineral buildup clogging it. The aerator is on the tip of the faucet and reduces splashing through pressure regulation. You can unscrew this piece and soak it in vinegar to get rid of the buildup. If neither of these things is the issue, the problem could be buildup within the pipes. In this case, call a plumber who can get into the pipes safely to clear them.

Leaky Sink Pipes

Leaky sink pipes can easily go unnoticed. To prevent them from sneakily causing costly water damage under your kitchen sink, do regular checks for any moisture.

A leaky sink pipe is not a DIY project. Trying to fix it without the proper expertise could cause a burst pipe, possibly injuring you and definitely adding more cost to the problem. Get yourself a qualified plumber who can make quick work of this issue.

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