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All-Too Common Kitchen Sink Plumbing Problems

pouring-water-in-kitchenThe kitchen sink is at the center of your kitchen and most of your food preparation and clean-up. When sink problems strike in the kitchen, you’ll notice them right away and want them fixed as soon as possible. Below are the most frequent problems that can a plague kitchen sink. A few you can resolve yourself, but most will require you call a licensed plumber in Apopka, FL to fix. Don’t let an amateur try the more complex repairs, since an improperly repaired kitchen sink can lead to water leakage, the development of mold and mildew, and many other future problems.

A leaky faucet

The drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet can be annoying in a bathroom sink beside a bedroom. You might be more likely to ignore it with a kitchen sink—but don’t! This is a large cumulative waste of water. If tightening up the faucet head does remedy this, you may need a plumber on the job to fix cracks in the faucet or possibly replace it. If the leaking is coming from around the base of the faucet, the problem is more serious and we recommend contacting a professional right away.

Drop in water pressure

If the water pressure at the kitchen sink drops to a trickle, the cause is likely silt or hard water deposits trapped in the aerator. Unscrew the aerator and clean it out. If this is happening frequently, however, you might have hard water, and we advise you look into installing a whole-house water softener. If you notice low water pressure at multiple taps, something bigger is wrong. It may be a municipal issue that will be cleared up soon. A worst-case scenario is your water main is leaking.

Clogged sink drain

This is probably the #1 plumbing problem in a house. The sink drain is at a high risk of clog because of all the food waste and fats, oils, and grease that go down it. Keep a plunger under the sink and use it when there’s a clog to see if this clears out the problem. If the plunger doesn’t work, or the clogs keep coming back no matter what you do, arrange for a professional plumber to do drain cleaning that will fully scour away the build-up from the drain.

Clogged drain line

The drain line from the garbage disposal to the drainpipe can become clogged (especially if not enough water is used to wash down waste in the disposal) leading to the drain backing up. This can rarely be fixed with a plunger; it’s a job to leave to a professional. And please don’t attempt to use a chemical drain cleaner, since this is potentially harmful to the plumbing.

Loose garbage disposal

Speaking of the garbage disposal, if the unit becomes loose—or perhaps it was poorly installed and is already loose—it can cause damage to the sink and allow water to leak around the edges of the disposal. If you hear a rattling sound when the disposal is running or can feel the kitchen counter shake, have a plumber see what can be done to tighten the disposal.

Summon a great plumber to handle your sink plumbing: call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. We’ve proudly served Central Florida since 1975.

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