One of modern civilization’s infrastructural wonders is indoor plumbing – getting used water out and unused water in to where we eat, drink, prepare meals, entertain and live.
It’s kind of amazing. You want water? Turn on the tap and out it pours. You want it hot? Turn it the other way and give it a moment. You want ice? Plug in the icemaker. You want clean dishes? Stack them in the dishwasher, close the door and press a button. The sound of rushing water is modern civilization at work.
Maybe you don’t notice that sound because we’ve come to take running water for granted. However, when water runs slow, cold, or is stopped up completely and overflowing, life doesn’t feel so civilized. Let’s address some common kitchen plumbing issues.
Leaky faucets are more than just annoying, they’re wasteful. That’s perfectly good water and hard-earning money literally going down the drain. There are many possible causes of a leaky faucet and the smart move is to hire a reputable technician who’ll figure out the root cause and fix it.
Online, you’ll find a lot of so-called helpful hints about how to fix a leaky faucet, but it can get complicated fast. If the issue isn’t a simple one, you’re left with a faucet in pieces and still no solution to the leak.
“It’s still going down!” – The Slowly Draining Sink
Clogs in the drain of your kitchen sink can cause water (and everything that floats in it) to back up in the drain and pool up in the sink. Usually the slow draining can be remedied by removing, cleaning and replacing the pop-up stopper in the drain hole. It often becomes caked with hair, food and soap residue. If that doesn’t solve the clog, take a plunger to it and carefully attempt to plunge it clear.
Exercise caution when using drain-clearing chemicals, since damage can be caused by overuse or use on older materials.
“Come on, come on…” – The Low Water Pressure
Water is essential for cooking as well as drinking, so when you’re filling that bowl for the spaghetti noodles, you don’t want to wait. Low water pressure is a symptom with many possible causes, from a stuck shut-off valve to a hidden water leak.
It is a legitimate concern when you notice low water pressure in your home or office. Low water pressure can be caused by many things. Simple problems like the shut-off valve being closed or a faucet being blocked can cause low water pressure. More serious issues like plumbing blockages or water leaks decrease water pressure, too.
One common source of low water pressure occurs when the aerator (the screen at the end of the faucet) becomes clogged with calcium deposits. Usually you can unscrew the aerator, soak it in vinegar water to clean and replace.
“It won’t turn hot!” – The Cold Shower
When there’s no hot water, you notice it pretty quickly. Sometimes, it’s only at one sink where the hot water fails to arrive. If this is your case, the first thing to check is the hot-water valve under the sink. If it’s closed, open it; if it’s open, close and open it several times to break up any sediment before leaving it open. Sediment frequently builds up and can prevent hot water from reaching the sink.
If that doesn’t do the trick, the next step is to contact the professionals – because totally disassembling, troubleshooting and reassembling a faucet isn’t on most people’s do-it-yourself repertoire.
First, if you’re going to try to fix your own garbage disposal, PLEASE disconnect its power supply first. (I rarely use all caps, it’s that important.) Your fingers are not garbage and shouldn’t be disposed of.
Many garbage disposals come with a proprietary key which fits into the bottom of the disposal. That or a quarter-inch Allen wrench, cranked both ways, will usually loosen the stuck motor. Running water directly through the disposal will help keep it clean and clear.
In general, we frequently see problems stemming from the improper installation of sinks, dishwashers, faucets, filters or after-market devices, or from inadequate materials used in those installations. Of course, problems with your kitchen plumbing could result from a larger issue in your home’s plumbing system, which is quite complex and requires thorough investigation by knowledgeable and experienced technicians for accurate diagnosis.
These are just a few of the myriad of issues that can and do arise, even in the most modern kitchens with the latest and greatest equipment.
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