The most commonly used room in any home is the kitchen. Whether letting your inner Julia Childs out or just talking with family over some takeout, you will need this space to be fully functional. There are usually a variety of plumbing components in a kitchen, which means you will need to put in some hard work to ensure they stay running correctly. Just like any other part of your home, there will come a time when repair issues rear their ugly head in the kitchen. Below are some of the most common kitchen plumbing repairs you may face and what needs to be done to fix them.
Among the most dreaded tasks in a home is washing the dishes. Without a good detergent and the right water pressure, you might find it very hard to get your pots and pans clean. If you go to turn on the faucet and get a very weakened stream of water, then there is a problem that needs to be fixed. The first thing to check is the aerator on the faucet. By unscrewing it, you’ll be able to see if there is blockage prohibiting the water from passing through. You can clean the aerator by soaking it in equal parts of water and vinegar for a few hours. If there was no blockage, you’ll need to do some research to figure out the deeper issue.
If you are unable to drain your sink after washing dishes, then it is time to break out your plumbing tools. Removing the P-trap is the first thing you need to do when trying to rectify this issue. In some instances, this part of the plumbing system will be clogged with grease or even soap scum. Cleaning the trap and reinstalling it will allow you to get your sink draining properly in no time at all. Be careful! There may be water and other sink grime in the trap when you take it off! Avoid using chemical cleaners and remember that a plunger can be handy in sink clogs too.
Hearing the constant dripping of water from a kitchen faucet is enough to drive a person insane. Finding and fixing the issues that are causing this problem is a bit easier said than done. Among the most common issues that can lead to a leaky faucet is a damaged O-ring. Removing the aerator from your faucet will allow you to get a good look at the O-ring on the underside of the tap. If it appears to be damaged, you need to find the proper replacement immediately. Generally, these O-rings can be found at your local hardware store and are very affordable. Take your old one with you so you can make sure you have the right size. If a new O-ring does not fix you problems, then you may need to call in a professional to check your water pressure to ensure it is not set too high.
With a bit of elbow grease and brainpower, you’ll be able to fix the issues with your kitchen plumbing with in no time. However, neglecting to address these matters in a timely fashion could lead to even more problems in the long run.