What Can Be Done About Slow Draining Sinks or Complete Drain Clogs?

A kitchen drain that is moving slowly or has become clogged can be caused by several things including grease, bits and pieces of food and unavoidable sediment in water. Commonly, there will always be a plumbing issue at the kitchen sink because it is used the most frequently and is tied into two different appliances:  a garbage disposal unit and/or a dishwasher.  Let’s explore two theories:  1)  if you are practicing preventive drain maintenance and are very careful what you introduce into your sink drain then; then, 2)  maybe you are just long overdue for a routine drain pipe cleaning.

Below are a few tips to help reduce clogged kitchen sink drains:

  • Never pour anything down the drain like gravy, greasy meat juices, oil and grease, or food scraped from dishes;
  • A slow or sluggish drain is a warning sign that a larger issue is just around the corner; always pay close attention to your kitchen sink drain;
  • Routine kitchen sink maintenance programs are the preferred option for many homeowners because it will help insure your drains remain free and clear of debris.

If you are constantly plagued with clogged or slow drains, have a plumber inspect the plumbing to determine if the drain line was properly designed and installed. Both drain pipe venting and slope effect how well drains work.  Venting allows air to enter the pipe as water drains away.  When enough air enters the vent, (the pipe going up through the roof), water and waste drain the way they are suppose to, eliminating potential clogs. Meanwhile, drain pipe slope determines how effectively water carries waste to the sewer line. Too much slope, water drains away without the solids. 

Kitchen Sink Faucet Problems and How We Can Help!

When it comes to kitchen plumbing problems:  low water pressure and a leaking faucet top the list of common issues.  With that stated, there can be an easy resolution or it can be something more serious about that leak that could potentially cause damage to your home.  Low water pressure is usually resolved quite simply.

Are you experiencing a weak stream of water when you use your kitchen faucet?  Chances are that the problem is nothing more serious than a clogged aerator, (the screen at the faucet spout that reduces splashing).  Water contains sediment, (minerals like calcium and lime), as it travels to your home.  These minerals can accumulate at the screen inside the aerator cartridge that is screwed onto the end of the spout.

It is very simple to remove the aerator and use a small wire brush dipped in vinegar to clean out any debris or if it is worn, broken or if the screen is brittle, replace it.

Some leaking faucet issues require a professional repair or replacement, for instance, if the faucet leaks from the base of the spout whenever you use it, the culprit may be a worn O-ring, washer or a gasket, (replaceable parts within a faucet assembly).  Before disassembling the faucet, make sure that you turn the water off at the source.  Put a pillowcase into the dry sink to catch stray parts.  Put it back together in reverse order.

No matter what your kitchen plumbing problem is (pipe leaks, clogs, repairs or new installation), no matter what time the problem needs to be addressed you can count on us. We can come to your home or business 24/7 and diagnose your issues.  Call today for a free estimate. We look forward to serving all of your plumbing needs.

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