Anders Timberson

Top 4 Kitchen Plumbing Tips

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Kitchen plumbing can be one of the most complex systems in any home. It provides water to faucets and appliances while draining waste away, yet can sometimes present unexpected problems.

Maintenance tips for kitchen plumbing systems can help prevent clogs, leaks and other drain issues in your home. Here are a few easy maintenance solutions:

Clogs

Drain clogs can be annoying and hazardous, preventing liquids and solids from moving freely through sinks while impacting plumbing in your entire home. If your kitchen drain is acting up or emitting foul odors, don’t delay in calling in an expert immediately – call now to have it cleared out before things worsen!

If a clog is caused by cooking grease or other oily substances, boiling water may help dissolve some of the fat deposits and allow food and other liquids to flow more freely through. If this doesn’t work, use a plunger or plumbing snake. However, avoid chemical drain cleaners, as these could damage pipes further leading to additional issues.

Clogs can often be caused by flushing solid waste down a toilet or kitchen sink drain, even though this may appear harmless at first. Unfortunately, doing this can actually force sewage back up through your lines into your house, creating unpleasantness as well as health risks for you and your family. You can help avoid this by only flushing food, paper products and toilet paper down these drains.

Kitchen drains typically connect to sewer line pipes, and when these become clogged it can bring the entire system down with it. Clogs can also lead to water damage and mold growth in your home; to avoid future clogs it is wise to have these cleared regularly by professionals.

To unclog a drain, begin by donning rubber gloves and manually clearing as much of the obstruction from your hands as possible. For larger blockages nearer the surface, wire coat hangers may help provide extra leverage; otherwise if further down your pipe it may require using a power auger powered by electric motor to cut through almost any kind of obstruction such as tree roots.

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Leaks

If you have ever found soggy paper towels or pools of water under your sink, it could be a telltale sign that your kitchen sink drain and pipes have developed a leak – an unpleasant situation to clean up that could potentially lead to serious structural damage if left unaddressed.

Leaks can be caused by numerous issues. These might include loose connections, corrosion or just plumber’s putty drying out over time. Tightening of compression nuts might fix it; otherwise it would be best to call in professional help as futzing around under your sink with tools and uninformed use of plumber’s putty may actually make matters worse!

Leaks in kitchen sinks may also be due to a corroded valve seat, and this can be prevented by keeping the area underneath clean and free from debris. Baking soda-vinegar cleaner can be used on the seat regularly in order to eliminate build-up and future leaking issues.

An additional source of kitchen sink leaks could be worn gaskets and washers that need replacing in order to stop leaks from occurring. Remember that leaky sinks waste water, cost you money in long run and should be resolved as quickly as possible!

An overflowing kitchen sink can be caused by various components: garbage disposal, pipes or faucet. It is crucial to properly maintain your garbage disposal by not placing hard objects like celery stalks, cornhusks or onion skins down it; such items could clog it or force its breakdown and can be difficult to remove later. Likewise, grease, fat or cooking oils shouldn’t go down your drain as these could harden and block pipes leading into your home and lead to an overwhelming sewage backup situation; furthermore it would be best not leaving pots and pans on stove for too long as this could cause metal expansion which leads to leaking leakage issues in future use if left lingering long.

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Drain traps

A drain trap, made up of U or S-shaped PVC pipe installed beneath your sink, serves many important purposes, including preventing clogs and keeping sewer gases away from homes or commercial properties. You can keep its functioning optimal by flushing with water at regular intervals.

Water in a drain trap forms a seal to stop sewer gases from seeping back up through your sink and into your living space. Such gases have been known to cause headaches, loss of appetite, memory issues and sinus infections – as well as damage plumbing pipes with leaks and rot.

Gunk can accumulate in drain traps despite their best intentions, leading to slow drainage or complete blockages in your kitchen sink drain. If that doesn’t do the trick, try plunging or using a drain cleaner before taking steps such as removing and cleaning out the trap – remembering to place a bucket or garbage can beneath pipes so as not to spill any water; additionally it may be wise to wear gloves during this process in order to prevent getting any cleaning products on your skin while doing this process.

To uninstall a drain trap, carefully loosen its slip nut from its tailpiece on the waste line while taking care not to lose any washers or disconnect the pipes. Unscrew and clean the trap thoroughly using hot water and brush before reassembling with tightening all slip nuts (including washers). If using wrench, make sure that overtightening does not occur!

If your drain remains slow or blocked despite cleaning your trap and clearing away clogs, but is still experiencing issues, this could be caused by an obstruction further down in the waste pipe or wall. In such instances, professional plumbing assistance should be sought immediately; otherwise, running hot water through your sink drain regularly should help wash away food debris and grease build-up in its trap and help ensure future avoidance.

Plumber’s tape

Plumber’s tape is one of those essential items you should keep in your toolbox at home. It is a non-stick, stretchy tape used by plumbers to seal threaded connections to create watertight seals – something DIYers and professional plumbers alike should keep handy for projects both large and small.

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Also referred to as PTFE pipe thread tape or Teflon tape, this flexible non-stick tape is designed to conform closely to pipe threads and help fill in spaces between joints for sealoff. With low friction properties that make screwing or unscrewing parts effortless. Unlike some plumbing tapes with sticky sides, this one clings tightly around threads while acting as an excellent lubricant when tightening nuts and bolts.

As with any product, when using threaded join tape it is paramount that it is applied correctly; otherwise the results could be leaky or even corroded joints. To use threaded join tape successfully, begin by finding your part you will work on; locate its threaded end; orient its direction of threads before starting with thread number two from each end, beginning by wrapping half its width twice and repeating until four or six threaded sections have been joined and allow some overlap at either end.

While it may seem obvious, it’s essential that plumber’s tape be applied in the appropriate direction in order to avoid leaky joints or corrosion forming in your project. Furthermore, you need to use the appropriate type of tape – from standard white plumber’s tape up to gray PTFE tape specifically made for stainless steel lines or pink plumbing tape intended for gas lines – depending on which material the joint connects with.

Teflon tape may be commonly known, but this term is actually inaccurate. Teflon is actually just a brand name; real Teflon material does not exist in tape form. Manufacturers who sell this kind of plumbing tape may legally use its trademark so long as they do not mislead consumers into believing they contain genuine Teflon material.