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Six of the Most Common Kitchen Sink and Plumbing Issues
Kitchen sink and plumbing problems can range from minor issues to more expensive repairs if you wait until they become major issues. Understanding some of the most common plumbing issues you can encounter in the kitchen and what to do can help prevent costly repairs.
1. Dripping Faucets
A dripping kitchen sink faucet occurs when washers and other internal components on the faucet start wearing out. The slow dripping water may not seem like a big issue. However, you could be surprised by how much water you are wasting when you see a big increase in your water bill.
If left unfixed, the water will eventually start to leak faster. At some point, even though the faucet is turned off, water will continue to come out. There are two possible ways to fix this problem:
- Replace the internal hardware components on the existing faucet.
- Replace the faucet with a new one.
2. Slow-Draining and Clogged Kitchen Sinks
Grease, food particles, soap scum, and other such things can cause water to drain slowly down the sink. Over time, a clog can develop, preventing water from draining out of the sink.
While you might think the easiest way to fix a slow-draining or clogged kitchen sink is by pouring a store-bought drain cleaner and clog remover down the sink, you would be wrong. These products contain harsh chemicals that could cause damage to your drainpipes.
The best solution is to use an old-fashioned plunger. If this does not get the water draining, then your next option is to call your plumber and schedule a drain cleaning service. Your plumber will use specific tools to clean out the drain lines and remove the clog.
3. Dishwasher Leaks
Dishwasher leaks are another common kitchen plumbing problem you can encounter. Leaks could mean the water intake or drain lines are not connected correctly if the water is coming from underneath the dishwasher.
If water is coming out of the dishwasher during wash cycles, this means the seals around the door need to be replaced. For both types of repairs, it is best to rely on a qualified plumber if you are not sure how to check the water and drain lines or how to replace the seal.
4. Garbage Disposal Leaks
If you notice water leaking under the sink from the garbage disposal, you will want to get it fixed. Ignoring it can lead to problems with mold and mildew. The water can also damage your cabinetry.
The problem could occur if the drain line is not connected right. Leaks will also develop if the seal in the kitchen sink wears out. While you can check the drain lines yourself to see if this is the issue, you may want to rely on your plumber for other types of garbage disposal leaks.
5. Garbage Disposal Motor Jams
Sometimes if you overfill the garbage disposal or attempt to put food waste in it that it is not designed to handle, like potato peelings, the motor can jam. Most models have a motor reset switch on the bottom of the unit. You may need a special “key” that came with your disposal to insert in a slot to reset it.
6. Leaky Drainpipes
If you notice water under your sink in the cabinet or water stains, it could indicate there are leaks in the drainpipes. Leaks can develop if the pipe connections come loose. Check to make sure the connections are tight. If not, tighten them but make sure not to overtighten. If leaks persist, there could be a crack in the drainpipe and the pipe will need to be replaced.
For help repairing and resolving kitchen sink and plumbing problems, please feel free to contact MET Plumbing & Air Conditioning at 281-603-9949 today! We also offer 24-hour emergency plumbing services when you need help immediately.