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The Most Common Kitchen Sink Plumbing Problems

kitchen-faucet-pouring-water“Everything but the kitchen sink.” This is a phrase meaning “anything and everything.” Of course, as professional plumbers, we feel that the phrase should be, “The kitchen sink and everything else.” That’s because kitchen sinks are a major part of the work we do.

Today, we’re going to look at some of the more common problems a kitchen sink can have. If you encounter one of these troubles in your kitchen, you don’t have to look far for the plumbing services in Fairfield, OH that will fix it: you can reach our plumbers any time of the day or night!

Clogged/Slow Drain

When you saw the title of this post, the first thing that popped to mind was probably a clogged up sink with a few inches of murky standing want in it. No drain in your house is more likely to develop clogs that will cause it to drain slowly or stop completely than the one in your kitchen. Food waste and fats, oils, and grease (FOG) that go down the drain will create gradual build-up—and it’s rarely something you can use a sink plunger to get rid of. We recommend you call us for professional drain cleaning services that will not only clear out the clog, they will keep clogs from returning for a long time.

Low Water Pressure

If the stream of water coming out of your kitchen faucet seems weaker than usual, check other faucets around the house first. If all of them have the same low water pressure, the likely cause isn’t in your home’s plumbing but the municipal water system. (Although it might be a leak in your home’s water main.) If only the kitchen sink has this problem, the aerator of the faucet is probably clogged with mineral build-up. You can unscrew the aerator and clean it out, but if this trouble happens frequently we suggest you look into a water softener for the house—you may have a hard water problem.

Leaky Faucet

This may not sound like an emergency situation (unless you sleep near the kitchen and the drip drip drip is keeping you up at night), but it’s a big waste of water! If you tightened the faucet but nothing changed, we recommend calling a plumber to see if there are cracks behind the trouble. If the leak is coming from the base of the faucet, you definitely need to call a plumber. In the meantime, shut off the feed line so no more water comes out.

Drain Line Trouble

Do you have a garbage disposal in your sink? If so, it can lead to clogging because of food waste caught in its drain line. This isn’t a clog that can be fixed with plungers or drain snakes. You’ll definitely need a licensed plumber. (And please don’t try to use liquid drain cleaners for clogs of any type! The corrosive acid in these “cleaners” can cause damage to the drainpipes.)

Fix your kitchen plumbing with a call to Ken Neyer Plumbing, Inc. Serving Greater Cincinnati and the surrounding Tri State area since 1972.

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