Why do I have water under my kitchen sink? If you find water under your kitchen sink there are some things that you should take note of to help diagnose the problem.
- It could be that your dishwasher hose clamp has come loose from vibration or that it has just worn out. Check the dishwasher hose to see if it has become worn or kinked.
- You might have a leak where the sink strainer joins the bottom of the sink. Check the tail piece connection, as well as, the trap and drain washers to see if they are worn.
- Garbage disposers also have washers within the drainpipe system that can become worn and fail.
- And lastly, faucets can develop leaks around the base or around faucet handles and spouts. They can run inconspicuously down behind the wall or around the rim of the sink without being noticed. These silent leaks are the most destructive.
Did you know that if a sink does back up, a plunger or manual auger will break up most clogs? That is because most modern kitchens have three basic plumbing fixtures and they all tie in together and all three share a single trap and drainpipe. This section is meant to offer insight into troubleshooting common kitchen plumbing problems. More serious blockages can be cleared by a professional who has equipment to open the trap or probe the drainpipe behind the wall or underneath the floor.
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Can a Kitchen Sink Clog be eliminated for Good? We Tell You How!
Have you ever had a persistent clog that lasted for a day or so and then seem to disappear? Did you drain pasta, or cooked potatoes? Boiling water poured down the drain weekly can help minimize the chance of developing a kitchen sink clog. By draining that hot water you opened up the clog. Using a kettle full of clean water is recommended – try adding some baking soda and/or vinegar as a weekly preventive maintenance practice.
It is possible to avoid clogs altogether if you are very careful about what you allow to go into the drain. Food, grease, medications, and even the sediment in most water are commonly responsible for a slow-moving drain. Once the drain begins moving slow a clog is just around the corner. It can happen in the course of one day if you are cooking a large family meal and you are not strict about what you allow to go down the drain or garbage disposal. Keep strainer screens in place over the drain and keep costly plumbing repairs to a minimum!
- Garbage Disposal Care: Turkey skin, string from a rolled rump roast, ham and other stringy meats, bones, potato peels, celery, corn husks, pumpkin, seeds or any other fibrous food waste can seize up the garbage disposal and jam the chopping blades. Once the garbage disposal jams there is nothing going to pass through the drain until it is repaired. To practice prevention is the best solution and by simply grinding some ice cubes periodically can keep the blades sharp. Lemon rinds help keep the garbage disposal drain smelling fresh. Always run cold water for at least 15 seconds before starting the disposer and for about 30 seconds after to insure everything has been rinsed down the drain thoroughly.
- Dishwasher Care: Load dishes according to the manufacturer’s instructions and use only the recommended amount and type of dishwasher detergent in your machine. Adding extra soap can cause your dishwasher to leak water from the door all over your floor. Remember to clean the screen in the bottom of your dishwasher regularly as food, labels from jars or other items can block the water from draining out of the machine. If you hear noise after the dishwasher starts a cycle, pause the machine and open the door to investigate. Loose silverware could damage the machine if it gets trapped between the rack and the path of the turning spray arms.