The kitchen is oftentimes referred to as the heart of the home, so what do you do when there is a leak in the kitchen? Kitchen leaks and plumbing issues happen to all of us, and knowing what is something that you can manage and when to call a professional is important in making sure your plumbing is handled properly.
Here are some common causes to plumbing issues in your kitchen:
Water pressure has been low
If your sink has been having low water pressure, chances are you might have a clogged aerator. This is caused by calcium buildup developing as you use your faucet. A clogged aerator is typically nothing to worry about and is usually a quick fix. The first thing you are going to want to try is simply removing the aerator and using vinegar to rinse out and debris. If this doesn’t help with the water pressure, you are going to want to try replacing the aerator completely.
You have a clogged sink
If you have a clogged sink, it can usually be tracked to a buildup of material in the pipes that are immediately below your sink. These pipes are usually shaped like a P, to trap the gases by pulling water down into the curved section of the pipe. As time passes, grease and soap scum can accumulate in your kitchen sink, clogging the pipes. If buildup under the sink is not the problem, then there may be a clog further down the pipe. You will want to get a professional plumber out right away to make sure that serious damage is not being done.
You have issues with your garbage disposal
A clogged or jammed garbage disposal can be a pain to figure out and fix. One of the greatest things about your disposal is that it can handle a lot of waste products, but sometimes small, hard objects can jam the blades. If removing any jammed objects and using an Allen wrench to turn the motor does not help, then the disposal may need replacing.
You have issues with your dishwasher
Dishwasher leaks can cause panic, but stress yourself out too much. If the problem is caught soon enough, then the fix should be quick, easy and will not require the whole unit to be pulled out. If the issues with your dishwasher are caused by a bad float switch you will see the water fill the tub of the dishwasher until it overflows. A broken spray arm is another issue that can be fixed without removing the whole unit, this is caused by ill-fitting gaskets or loose hose connections to the sink drain or garbage disposal. If these are not the issues, then the unit will have to be pulled out and examined by a licensed professional.
Plumbing issues can occur at any time, and small problems can become bigger issues down the road. Some of the causes may be minor and easily fixed, but others may require further investigation by a professional. Give us a call the next time your plumbing issue is too big to take care of on your own. We’re here for you: 615-382-8131