One place that you do not want to run into a plumbing problem is your kitchen. Running water is essential to cooking and cleaning, which is why you want to ensure that everything is running properly. Here are some common problems you may run into with your kitchen's plumbing.
A Garbage Disposal That Doesn't Grind Food
Did you turn on your garbage disposal and discover that it only makes a humming sound, rather than grinding up your food? If so, there are a few reasons why this could be happening, but a common reason is usually due to the food that you put into it. Sticky residue can cause those blades to have problems turning, which is why you hear the hum of the motor, but not the spinning blades and the sound of food grinding.
Thankfully, you can fix this problem on your on by cleaning the garbage disposal. Start by pouring boiling water into the canister. This trick will help loosen any sticky residue that is stuck inside the canister. Follow it up by rinsing the unit with hot water to flush out any food particles that have become loose.
Poor Water Pressure
Does it seem like it takes forever to fill up a large pot in the sink, or that the water doesn't have enough force to clean leftover food from your plates? This could be due to poor water pressure in your kitchen sink. A common cause of this problem is actually the aerator found within the faucet. After years of using the sink, it's possible that the aerator has become clogged with sediment found in the water supply.
You can clean an aerator by removing it from the faucet and soaking it in vinegar. This will loosen all the sediment on the aerator so that it can easily come off. Aerators are also very cheap, so you can buy a new one from your local home improvement store to ensure it is clean.
It is also possible that the cartridge within the handle needs to be replaced. You can try to remove the cartridge and soaking it in vinegar to remove the limescale, and then replace it and see if it makes a difference.
If you try these DIY faucet repair tricks and you still have poor water pressure, you may need professional assistance. Contact a local plumber so that they can diagnose why the sink has water pressure problems and repair it for you.
Keeping your home's plumbing system in good working order is a family job. Have you taught your kids what should never be flushed down the toilets or poured down the drains? Do your kids know what to watch for to know that there is a plumbing problem that needs to be addressed? If your kids know what to look for, they will be less likely to contribute to making a minor plumbing problem more serious. This blog will show you things that you should teach your kids so that everyone can work together to protect the entire plumbing system in your home.