When it comes to any type of kitchen plumbing problem, such as low water pressure at the kitchen sink or a leaky kitchen faucet there could be an easy resolution or it could be something more serious that could potentially cause damage to your home.
If you're 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 mixes air with water to reduce splashing). Water contains minerals like calcium as it travels to your home, and these minerals tend to accumulate in the aerator. Simply remove the aerator, (which unscrews in most cases), use a brush dipped in vinegar to clean out any debris or 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.
If you are experiencing a kitchen sink or faucet problem and want a local, licensed & experienced plumbing professional to come out to your home and inspect the problem, call us today for fast and friendly service.
Slow Draining Sink or Complete Kitchen Drain Clog? What Can Be Done?
The most common area where there will likely be a plumbing issue is at the kitchen sink. A kitchen drain that is moving slowly or has become clogged can be caused by several things including grease, large food particles or hard water deposits. Perhaps it is none of these things and it may just be that your kitchen sink drain is long overdue for cleaning.
Below are a few tips to help reduce clogged kitchen sink drains:
- Never pour anything down the drain like gravy, bacon grease or left over cereal;
- Pay attention to your kitchen sink drain; a slow or sluggish drain is a warning sign that a larger issue is happening;
- A routine kitchen sink maintenance program helps ensure 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, as well.
Venting allows air to enter the pipe as water drains away. When enough air is entering the vent, (the pipe going up through the roof), then water and waste will drain properly. Meanwhile, drain pipe slope determines how effectively water carries waste to the sewer line. If there's too much slope, water drains away without the solids. Plumbing code states that the minimum drain pipe slope is ¼” per foot; maximum is three inches per foot or vertical run.
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 Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Seattle. We can come to your home or business 24/7 and completely diagnose the issue you are experiencing. Call today for an estimate. We look forward to serving all your plumbing needs.