Dealing With Kitchen Sink Problems: What You Should Know

When you move into your first home of your own, there are many different aspects of living on your own that may surprise you, especially when it comes to home maintenance. Living with your parents or in a rented home, you take for granted all of the tasks that are taken care of for you. So, when your kitchen sink gave you problems in the past, you could rely on somebody else to resolve the issue. Now kitchen plumbing issues are your responsibility alone. Get to know some of the ways that you can deal with kitchen sink plumbing problems so that the next time your sink starts acting up you are prepared to take action. 

The Annoying Dripping Faucet

When your kitchen sink's faucet drips all the time no matter how firmly you turn the faucet off, it is an extreme annoyance. The sound of dripping can keep you awake and be bothersome, but that annoyance is not the only issue to be concerned about. When water drips from your kitchen faucet, even if it seems slow, it adds up to hundreds of gallons of water over the course of an entire year. 

This can contribute to an unnecessary increase to your water bill, not to mention it is bad for the environment and water conservation efforts. As such, you should take care of a dripping faucet as soon as you notice it.

Most kitchen sinks use rubber or silicone washers to help seal the faucet when it is turned off and stop the flow of water. The washer is more than likely the culprit for your faucet's dripping. You can replace the washers yourself by taking apart the handles to your faucet, removing the washer at the bottom of those handles, and placing a new one. 

However, the process of taking apart the faucet hardware can be tricky and some models of sinks do not have the same type of washers. As such, hiring a plumbing professional to perform the repair will be quick and easy and relatively inexpensive. 

A Clogged Kitchen Sink

Clogs are quite common in kitchen sinks. Even if you have a garbage disposal, pieces of food can get lodged in the drainage pipe from your kitchen sink and cause a blockage. The first step to try to resolve a clogged kitchen sink is to use a plunger. The pressure and suction that a plunger creates can sometimes be enough to dislodge the food trapped inside the pipe.

If that does not work, you can also try to use a solution of equal parts baking soda and vinegar in the drain. Allow it to work its way down the drain for 15 minutes or so and then pour boiling water into the drain to flush the pipes. With any luck, your clog will be resolved, and if not, your plumber will be able to get under the sink and have a closer look at your pipes to find the issue. 

Now that you have an idea of how to resolve some of your kitchen sink problems, you can be prepared in case anything happens in your new kitchen in the future. 

To learn more, contact a plumbing services company like Midwestern Plumbing Service