At some point, you know that your kitchen is going to need some plumbing work done. It may be minor, it could be major, it could be one thing, it could be several things. However, it is just one of those things that is inescapable.
You need to keep a watchful eye and if you see a problem, it is best to handle it sooner rather than later, when it may become a big problem. The kitchen is such a central part of a home with activity always taking place, so it is bound to cause issues, especially to the plumbing. Let’s look at some of the signs that your kitchen plumbing may need repairs.
1. Problems With Your Dishwasher
Dishwashers are so convenient and save you a lot of hassle, especially for those of us who are incredibly busy. However, if your dishwasher has a problem, it can actually cause a bit of damage to your home. If there is a leak, it could be due to one of several things. The gasket around the door may have a tear, the drainage or supply line may be responsible or perhaps it is the inlet valve. Try not to use the machine until you get a plumber to take a look at it.
2. Low Pressure
Low water pressure in the kitchen sink is inconvenient as it makes washing up much harder and more time-consuming. It could be a problem in your home, such as with the water lines or perhaps mineral deposits are causing it. On the other hand, it may not be anything to do with your home, as it could be the municipal water supply that’s the problem. Mineral deposits are very common though. Over time, they build up and cause problems. You can clean the aerator by unscrewing it and placing it in vinegar (overnight). If this doesn’t work, then think about whether you did any renovations or installed some new water-consuming appliance. After a little bit of self-diagnosis and some trial and error, you may have to call in the professionals.
3. Leaky Faucet
A leaky faucet can be incredibly annoying. No matter how loud you have the TV, a leaky faucet always sounds louder. It is also a waste of precious water. This is not something that will get better, but worse. You can take care of the problem as it is normally a washer or the O-ring that is the issue. You could also replace the faucet altogether. If none of this works, it’s time to call the plumber.
4. Garbage Disposal
Anyone who has a garbage disposal knows what a pain it is if it is on the blink. Leaks and jammed blades are common problems but sometimes, it just won’t turn on. Firstly, check to see if the plug has come off somehow. Sometimes, something may be caught in the impellers, causing it to jam. When you turn on the unit and it hums but it doesn’t work, it’s probably jammed. Be very careful; do not use your hand to get in there. Instead, use something long to try and dislodge the obstruction.
The kitchen is a place that requires a lot of maintenance, or you will end up having the same problems cropping up. There are some things that you can handle or at least maintain properly in order to get the best out of them for a long time, but sometimes, you have no choice but to call a plumber. Unless you know what you’re doing, it would be better to call the professionals rather than making things worse or hurting yourself.