Cherry Hill Plumbing: Article About Common Kitchen Plumbing Problems
Faucets, sink drains, dishwashers and disposals are some of the kitchen fixtures that need attention from time to time. You can minimize problems by performing regular maintenance tasks such as clearing drains and strainers regularly, but when a leak or clog develops, you need to take action. For major problems or emergency repairs, call your Cherry Hill plumbing specialists for professional help.
When you notice that the water pressure in your kitchen faucet is not as robust as normal, check aerator located at the opening of your faucet spout. The aerator is composed of a plastic grid that separates water into individual, micro streams. These divided flows mix with air to produce greater water pressure with reduced water flow. If your household has hard water, your aerator may become clogged with mineral deposits. Remove the aerator from the faucet by unscrewing it and inspect it for clogging. Soak it in white vinegar to loosen mineral deposits, and then brush it clean with an old toothbrush before returning it to the faucet. You could also opt to replace the aerator with a new one because it is typically an inexpensive part.
Any water leaks from your kitchen faucet are likely due to worn O-rings or gaskets, those rubber circles that seal the junctions in your faucet assembly. Before investigating, be sure to turn off the water supply to your faucet. The shut-off valves are often located under the sink.
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With an adjustable wrench, loosen the piece that appears to be the source of your leak. Locate the rubber washer and inspect it for cracks or deterioration. If it looks worn, take it to your hardware store and purchase an exact match. Replace the washer and reassemble the faucet. Carefully turn the water supply back on, watching for leakage. If that doesn't fix the problem, call your plumber for assistance.
If your garbage disposal backs up, the problem is almost always a clog or foreign object lodged in the unit. Such items as corn husks, bones and cutlery can keep the grinding teeth from moving. If the disposal is stuck, your sink will not drain. Putting your hand in the disposal is never a good idea. Instead, use an implement like tongs to investigate the problem. Some disposals come with a hex wrench that turns the mechanical unit and loosens stuck objects.
If the sink backs up with water, grease, and bits of debris when the disposal is running, suspect a clog. Try pouring ice cubes and rock salt into the drain and then running the disposal until the ice is gone. If the clog does not clear, consider calling a plumber.
If your dishwasher develops a leak, take the lower panel off in front and inspect the hoses for a loose connector or a crack. If necessary, replace the problem hose. If your hoses are fine but your dishwasher continues to leak, inspect the door seal for cracks or holes. Call a plumber if you cannot locate the cause of the leak.