Your kitchen sink probably is the most used part of your kitchen – if not of your entire home.

So it’s not surprising that the kitchen sink also is the area of your kitchen which often has the most problems.

Read below for some of the most common plumbing problems homeowners tend to have with their kitchen sink.

First, a bit of Kitchen Sink 101: the parts.

You sink is comprised of several plumbing features, including the sink (bowl), the faucet, garbage disposal, and the drain basket.

Common plumbing problems in the kitchen sink

Problems with the faucet could include clogs or leaks.  If you experience one of these, check the part of your faucet where the water comes out (this is called an aerator). Unscrew it and see if you find solid particles attached.  If so, this could mean that there’s something obstructing the faucet.

Run water through the aerator and then place it back on the end of your faucet. If you still notice a drip or less water running through the faucet, you may have to check the faucet’s washer (this may be a job best left to a professional plumber, depending on your comfort level).

A non-working garbage disposal. This one can be the easiest of fixes: just push the red button you’ll find on the very bottom of your disposal unit. Yet it can also be one of the most detailed (read, expensive) things to fix because if pushing the red button doesn’t reset your disposal (it still doesn’t work), you’ll pretty much have to call in a plumber to check out what’s wrong.

If your sink doesn’t have a garbage disposal, you’re more likely to find clogs in your sink’s drain and pipes than if you had a disposal unit because pieces of food can get stuck fairly easily in the sink’s pipe (the curvy one you see under the sink). If you get a clog, first try a plunger or pour a chemical clog cleaner to move the jam. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to call your Dallas plumbing company.

If your sink’s drain basket leaks, replace it.

Is there a problem with your kitchen sink you can’t fix yourself? Then call Plumbing Dynamics at 214-929-3431 or send us an e-mail using our online contact form.

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