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Kitchen Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Your kitchen is a busy place. It’s where your family interacts in the morning before work and school, in the evening for dinner, and all times in between as people come and go. You could say your kitchen is the star of the show, especially on holidays when preparing a gourmet meal for family and friends.

With how important your kitchen is, there’s no time for water leaks or plumbing issues to get in the way. At Roto-Rooter, we encourage homeowners to follow the below tips and tricks to reduce the need for expensive kitchen plumbing repairs.

Keep the Faucet Aerator Clean

A faucet aerator is the tip of your sink faucet that can cause low water pressure due to lime or sediment buildup. If not cleaned, this buildup can lead to expensive repairs. Start by unscrewing the aerator from the faucet and take it apart. Use vinegar to brush off the sediment, then reattach the aerator to the faucet.

Fix Minor Faucet Leaks

Minor leaks may not feel like an issue in the short term, but they can quickly turn into a big problem if left untreated. Start by determining what type of faucet you have (compression faucet or washerless faucet) and turn off the water to the sink.

If you have a compression faucet, take off the cap to the faucet and unscrew the knob and nut underneath. Remove the stem to the faucet and examine it for any damage, then clean it. The source of the leak may be the washer at the bottom of the stem, so make sure to clean it and get it replaced if it looks worn down.

For washerless faucets, the source of the leak is usually either a worn seal or O-ring, or the cartridge if your fauct has one beneath the handle. Take apart the faucet starting with the cap, screw, and handle, then remove any lock nuts and screws. Buy replacements for the seals, O-ring, or cartridge, then reassemble your faucet.

Prevent Drain Clogs

A clogged drain is one of the problems that can quickly spiral out of control. Large chunks of food and grease from plates and silverware that are washed down the drain can lead to clogs. Avoid a clogged drain by dumping pieces of food in the garbage instead of down the drain. If a do encounter a clog, use a pipe snake to try to clean it out.

Clean Out Your Sink Trap

Cleaning your sink trap regularly can help prevent blockages, limit foul odors, and avoid expensive repair costs. To make the process of removing a sink trap easier and cleaner, use a quality plunger to push as much water out as possible. This will limit the amount of water you have to deal with when you remove the sink trap to clean.

Don’t Overheat Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are great for breaking down food waste, but they can easily get overheated if too much or the wrong products are thrown down the drain. If your garbage disposal stops working suddenly, it may be because of a broken electrical connection.

To remedy this, start by turning the disposal switch off and press the reset switch on the front of bottom of the garbage disposer. Turn your garbage disposal back on and see if that solves the problem. Do not, under any circumstances, put your hand in the garbage disposal. If resetting it doesn’t solve the problem, the best solution is to call a Roto-Rooter plumber for assistance.

These tips can help you DIY your kitchen drain and plumbing problems, so you can keep your kitchen in good working order. If these tips don’t work and you require a professional for kitchen inspection and repair , contact Roto-Rooter online today.