Many potential plumbing problems can occur in the kitchen. Some of the most common issues include problems with the sink, dishwasher, or other appliances. Sometimes, these issues can be fixed on your own. However, calling a kitchen plumbing professional may be necessary in other cases. Here are some top concerns you need to address when they happen in your kitchen:
A clog in your kitchen sink is often caused by substances accumulating in the pipes below your sink. With use, material like grease and soap scum builds up. However, it may indicate a clog further down the pipe rather than just under the sink. You can work with a plumbing snake to try and fix the blockage further down the pipe, but if you have an issue that a snake won’t be able to repair, contact a nearby plumber so they can unclog your sink.
Leaks likely indicate that a component has been worn down and needs to be replaced. This can cause your water bill to go up over time, so it’s best to fix the problem as soon as possible.
If your washer is worn down, you can try to fix the issue at home by following this guide:
- Turn off the water supply.
- Unscrew the cap on top of the faucet and replace the washer.
- Finally, screw the cap back on.
If you’re having issues with a leaking kitchen faucet, it might be a problem with the valve or O-ring. These problems can be more difficult to fix and may require professional help. Contact a faucet repair service to get the issue resolved.
Leaks under your sink are also a common problem. It might come from the disposal, drain, or elsewhere. Don’t handle this yourself. Get a Berkeley plumbing service to resolve the problem.
If your sink’s water pressure is lower than normal, it could be due to a buildup of sediments and minerals on the metal mesh at the faucet’s tip, called an aerator. This can be fixed with a scale remover or replacement. Professional plumbing can also weigh in. It may be something common like a pipe that’s begun to leak over time or an issue with the water heater’s shut-off valve.
Uneven water flow can be caused by a clogged aerator, which can be fixed by removing and cleaning it. If that’s not what happened, there may be a problem with the valve cartridge or air in the water lines.
To replace a valve cartridge, remove the handle and any hardware underneath it. Cartridges can vary depending on the sink, so you might need to bring the old one to the shop to find the correct replacement.
Air is probably in the lines if the new cartridge doesn’t fix the issue. This can be caused by temperature shifts or a break in the main water supply. For example, try running cold water from the faucet for five minutes. If the issue isn’t resolved after that, a local plumbing company can help you to find the source of the air before you have a more serious problem.
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