The kitchen is the hub of the home and where family and friends gather the most. Kitchen plumbing problems cause family routines to become disrupted by making it difficult to prepare meals and clean up messes. Plumbing issues can occur in the kitchen faucet, sink, garbage disposal, and the dishwasher unit.
In this kitchen plumbing series, we begin with the major plumbing issues that a homeowner will commonly encounter. Kitchen plumbing leaks, slow moving drains and kitchen drain clogs happen and there are a variety of things that can go wrong – and we can fix it! Below you will find expert information about what causes these types of plumbing issues and how to keep your kitchen plumbing system healthy.
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Problems with a Leaking Kitchen Faucet
If a kitchen faucet is leaking you are going to be greatly inconvenienced hearing that drip, drip, drip as the water bounces off the porcelain or stainless steel sink. A faucet leaking at its base is usually caused by worn gaskets or the O-rings, (where the faucet meets the sink and in the faucet handle, respectively). While a faucet leaking from the spout while the water is turned off can indicate the entire faucet may need to be replaced.
Opposed to a leaky faucet – if water is not flowing properly through your faucet, the problem is likely to be with the aerator, (the screen mechanism located at the end of the faucet spout that mixes air and water), can become blocked with a build-up of minerals from hard water.
What Can Cause a Kitchen Sink Clog?
Your kitchen sink is equipped with a P-shaped trap that prevents sewer gas and other noxious odors from entering your home. Grease, oil and soap scum can build up in the sink trap and restrict the flow of water or cause a leak. Minerals and sediment from hard water can deposit inside of pipes and drains which just adds to the thick gunk!
The following things should never be rinsed down the sink: Cooking oil or grease, coffee grounds, hair, string, fibrous foods, and soap scum. Avoid these items going down the kitchen drain, as well as the garbage disposal for optimal performance.
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Why Is My Dishwasher Making Noise?
A noisy dishwasher could have a faulty part or be something as simple as how the dishes are loaded. Check for bones or silverware loose inside the machine, and make sure the dishwasher is sitting level.
If your dishwasher is leaking, remove the lower front panel and check the hoses to see if one is loose or leaking. Consider these three questions:
- Have you accidentally used too much detergent?
- Have you loaded the dishes incorrectly?
- Is the dishwasher sitting level and the door closed tightly?
Did you know your dishwasher temperature should be set at about 150 degrees Fahrenheit for both its wash and rinse cycles? To check the water temperature, place a candy thermometer in an upturned glass during a rinse cycle.
If you are experiencing dishwasher problems – visit our page dedicated to dishwasher plumbing problems to help you with the issues you are having.
Garbage Disposal Care
The most likely cause of a garbage disposal problem is something in the unit that shouldn't be there. A garbage disposal simply cannot handle materials like grease, stringy-fibrous food scraps and bones; they can cause the disposal to jam. If it stops working, press the reset button, it may be all that it takes to get it up and running again. To prevent further problems, try implementing the following habits:
- Only rinse recommended food items down the garbage disposal drain;
- Allow cold water to run down the drain for around 15 seconds before using it and for around 30 seconds afterwards.
Water arrives at your home under pressure and relies on gravity to exit; over time, a build-up of debris in the drains can restrict the flow of water. A plunger is your first defense against a clogged kitchen sink drain, so keep one handy just for the kitchen plumbing.