Every home in our area has a sink. If yours doesn’t, for whatever reason, we highly recommend them. They play a vital role in cleaning produce, our hands, dishes, and can provide easy refreshment when we’re feeling parched. Sinks, their drains, and the faucets that are connected to them really are a part of our daily lives.
However, what if we told you that you might not know everything about your sink? Sure, you might know how it works and what it looks like, but what about the condition it’s in? Sometimes, homeowners can fall victim to paying scant attention to their sinks until they call for plumbing service because something went wrong.
How about we try to avoid that worst-case scenario? Let’s start by learning about how you can better protect your kitchen sink from the problems that may arise.
Keeping Your Sink Drain Clean
Whatever gets flushed down the drain of your sink goes through your plumbing. It doesn’t just disappear like one might think.
This is why homeowners often feel surprised by drain clogs in their sinks. They simply haven’t been paying attention to all the food waste they’ve been dumping down there! Pay close attention to your drain and what you send down there. We’ve got a few tips that can help you mitigate a clog.
- Mesh screens. These are a wonderful catch-all for the food waste that might not be suitable for your drain. Using one can help add years to the lifespan of your drain.
- Plungers. We’re not talking about the plunger you’d use for a toilet; these are a different size. Plungers use pressurization to push out clogging materials.
- Drain snakes. Drain snakes are long, jagged, wiry tools that can catch things like hair and food waste stuck in your drain. As long as they’re comprised of the right material, they won’t harm your drain and can be a great physical reprieve for drain problems.
Slow Drains and Water Pressure Problems
Only rarely do drains clog immediately. Most of the time a drain will get slower and slower until it suddenly doesn’t drain at all. Homeowners like to think that slow drains are a different problem that requires different solutions, but most of the time it’s just another drain clog. Clogs can form slowly and that semi-clog will slow down your sink’s ability to drain water.
If you’re struggling with slow drains, you’re probably dealing with a clog. If all of the drains in your home are slow to drain, there might be a more serious problem with your sewer or septic system.
Is your sink only sputtering out just enough water to clean things? Do you wish it worked like it used to? Water pressure problems could be signaling that there’s something wrong in the plumbing system. This could range anywhere from a pipe leak to sediment deposits in your water heater. Either way, don’t ignore this. You deserve to have great water pressure and a professional plumber can restore it to you.
Contact Ken Neyer Plumbing, Inc. for comprehensive plumbing repair and drain clog removal.