Your plumbing system has quite a few components to it. Of course, there are the pipes that lead throughout the home and underneath it. There are traps for each drain, along with plumbing vents to keep sewer gases out of the home. There are cleanouts and shutoff valves and a water heater, along with hot and cold water lines. And, of course, there are a number of plumbing fixtures and appliances you use every day, like the toilet and washing machine.
And yet, there’s one part of any kitchen and bathroom that seems to experience problems more than anything else in the home: the sink. When you experience problems with your kitchen or bathroom sink, there may be some things you can do before you call in a plumber. Check out our advice on what to look for, how to get sink plumbing problems under control, and when to call in a plumber.
Common Sink Plumbing Problems
Most likely, if you experience a problem with your bathroom or kitchen sink, it won’t be an emergency that needs to be handled immediately. However, it’s frequently a major inconvenience. Examples include:
- A leaky faucet
- Leaks underneath the sink
- Leaks underneath the drain
- A faulty garbage disposal
- Slow drainage
- No drainage
- Low water pressure
Some of these problems will require you to call in a professional, but others you may be able to resolve on your own.
Many leaks are simply easier for a professional to handle, rather than for you to waste time and money buying supplies you’ll never use again. Still, you may be able to make a quick fix, with some skill. Be sure to always shut off the water first.
- A leaky sink faucet may need a new packing nut. Prying off the decorative covers of the handles and using a crescent wrench to uncrew the fixture may give you access to the packing nut, if you know what to look for.
- Leaks underneath the sink might be treated might be fixed by unscrewing the drain and adding some plumber’s putty.
- A leak around the edge of the sink may just need more caulk.
Clogged drains in sinks should never be treated with chemicals. Drain cleaning chemicals can be quite dangerous! Moreover, they are often ineffective and may damage the inside of the drains.
Instead, clogged drains can be solved simply if the issue is small: just ½ cup of baking soda followed up by a cup of vinegar may do the trick. Wait 5 minutes, and follow this mixture up with a pot of boiling water, and see if it does the trick. Otherwise, if a plunger or home auger doesn’t work, it’s important to call in the pros.
Fixing a Garbage Disposal
For a jammed garbage disposal, try pushing the (often red) reset button underneath the sink. If this doesn’t work, though, it’s time to move on. You should never stick any other instrument into the drain to attempt to remove the blockage, especially your own hand (even if you know it’s off).
Improving Water Pressure
Low water pressure? It may be no problem. Often, the sink’s aerator gets clogged up with debris and scaling from the water in your home. (This is completely normal.) When this happens, you’ll need to unscrew the end of the faucet and clean the aerator, the small screen that helps to regulate water pressure. In many cases, the faucet will be good as new when reassembled!
However, low water pressure may be indicative of a pipe leak somewhere in the home or another serious problem. Remember, whenever you cannot solve a problem on your own, it’s important to call in a trained plumber.
To fix your sink plumbing in Dumont, NJ, contact the professional plumbers at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc.