The functionality of your kitchen greatly depends on your plumbing system. Without it, your garbage disposal will be inefficient, your sink will clog and the overall hygiene in the room will plummet. The prospect of horrible odors spreading around the room is more than enough in a room that’s supposed to play a pivotal role in food preparation and the hot beverage brewing process.
Moreover, should you decide to sell the place, you would be forced to fix these plumbing issues, seeing as how no one in their right mind would ever want to invest in a home with less than a functional kitchen. All in all, there are several plumbing issues you should watch out for, as well as some tips on how to raise the overall maintenance in the room.
1. Leaking kitchen sink
The first and by far the most common issue regarding your kitchen’s plumbing is the one of the leaking kitchen sink. The problem with this issue lies in the fact that it’s always followed with horrific scents, seeing as how the leak is probably coming from the P-shaped trap, designed to stop these gasses in the first place. The positive side of this issue (if you can call it that) lies in the fact that the odor helps you notice this issue even if you haven’t identified the leak. All you have to do here is get a new trap (which can be found in any store selling plumbing supplies) and replace it. Make sure to put a bucket beneath it before time, in order to avoid a potentially messy situation.
2. Leaky faucet
This particular method is not ground-breaking when it comes to the potential damage of property or the diminishing value of the kitchen, yet, it might be incredibly devastating for your home’s water-efficiency in the long run. Not to mention that the sound of a dripping faucet, day in and day out, isn’t the most pleasant of scenarios. The fix for this problem, on the other hand, is as simple as it gets. All you have to do is replace the O-ring seal, which can be done even by a layman plumber. Even if you haven’t done this before, a simple YouTube tutorial will be more than enough to guide you through this process, step by step.
3. Low-water pressure
The next issue worth keeping in mind is the so-called low water pressure at the kitchen sink. Here, you might be forced to replace the aerator, due to the fact that this is where all those minerals tend to pile up over the course of time. This too is a fairly simple thing to do, yet, a person not willing to get their hands dirty or those who are in fear of making the matter even worse, might want to ask about local plumbing services for assistance. Due to the simplicity of the task, even a high-end plumber isn’t likely to charge much for such a menial task.
4. Problems with the garbage disposal
It goes without saying that garbage disposal is one of the most important (if not the single most important) parts of your kitchen. The reason behind this is due to the fact that it gives you a simple, clean and elegant way to get rid of all food leftovers, which would otherwise be an unpleasant manner. Seeing as how this is the appliance that is regularly in contact with grease and debris of all sorts (like bones), it’s quite likely that it will malfunction in the nearest future. While replacement isn’t that costly, it’s far cheaper to merely run cold water down it for about 10-15 seconds before you start using it, as well as to do so for about 20-30 seconds afterward. This alone may be enough to keep you out of the woods for good.
5. No hot water
This particular issue isn’t necessarily related to plumbing, seeing as how it has more to do with the state of your heaters. Of course, it doesn’t always start as a total lack of hot water. In some scenarios, you might start noticing that your water isn’t as hot as it’s supposed to be, long before it stops being hot altogether. Still, the issue with heaters isn’t the only thing capable of cutting your hot water supply short. Another possibility is that this problem was caused by a broken dip tube.
As you can see, the problems discussed here go past the inconvenient, sometimes venturing straight into non-frugal or non-practical. Either way, the very fact that most of these issues may be fixed with a simple DIY repair or an inexpensive intervention from a professional plumber, makes the notion of having to suffer from it more than absurd. On the other hand, keep in mind that some plumbing issues may be too complex for you to tackle on your own. In that case, merely shut down the main valve and call your plumber right away.