What Are the Biggest Threats to Your Kitchen Plumbing?
More specifically, we’re referring to your kitchen sink.
Aside from your bathroom plumbing fixtures, your kitchen sink is likely the most used Wake Forest, NC plumbing appliance in your home. Therefore, it’s important that you take proper care of it. This starts by scheduling routine plumbing maintenance once a year, and drain cleaning as needed.
You may still run into the occasional problem in between maintenance sessions, but with that professional inspection, major plumbing problems, like the ones we’re about to highlight below, should be a lot less likely.
The good news is, if this is only occurring in your kitchen sink drain and nowhere else, you probably don’t have a widespread problem (such as a sewage backup). However, it’s still quite the nuisance to have a clogged sink! If using a plunger and a little bit of elbow grease has failed to resolve the problem, then it’s time to call in the big guns.
And no, we aren’t talking about chemical drain cleaners you can buy at the store! These actually do more harm than good due to the harmful, caustic chemicals in them. Rather, you should be calling a professional plumber for adequate drain cleaning. We may need to use a drain snake or even more powerful hydro-jetting equipment to resolve the problem.
One of the most common causes of kitchen sink clogs is FOG—that is, fats, oils, and grease. The problem is that FOG congeals at it cools off, so if you put this cooking byproduct down the drain while still hot, you may think it’s okay, but you’re actually increasing the risk of running into a stubborn sink clog.
Another threat is the type of food you put down your kitchen sink drain. Items like potato skins, rice, pasta, and eggshells can collect and create a stubborn clog—even if you have a garbage disposal system in place.
Broken Garbage Disposal
Speaking of garbage disposals, if you have a modern kitchen, chances are that you have one in your kitchen sink. If this disposal were to malfunction and quit working effectively, you could find yourself facing a backup and considerable clog. This is particularly true if you rely on it for items like we mentioned above—potato skins, rice and pasta (which expand with water), and eggshells.
If this does occur, first try resetting it using the switch on the bottom. But if this doesn’t work, we advise you call in a pro rather than trying to tinker with it more on your own.
Leaks Coming from Edge of Sink
Your kitchen sink should be tightly sealed to the counter. So if water begins leaking around the edges, it’s clear something is wrong. Unfortunately, this can lead to mold and mildew development if it’s allowed to go on for too long. Be sure to call one of our plumbing professionals to get your sink properly sealed.