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As Well As Pittsboro & Apex
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3 Common Issues Affecting Your Kitchen Sink And Faucet

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Your kitchen sink and faucet are an important part of your home and family's needs, from doing the dishes and washing your hands to filling up pots. Unfortunately, certain issues can affect the function of your sink and faucet, limiting your ability to perform simple tasks. This guide and professional contractors will help you understand and repair a few common issues that affect your kitchen's sink and faucet.

Chronic Clogs

Most homeowners have dealt with a clog in their kitchen sink at one point in time. These clogs prevent you from draining the sink and continuing with normal tasks, such as washing your hands or doing dishes. Clogs can also become dangerous.

Drain cleaners are a common method for removing clogs because the chemicals in these products are effective for quickly unclogging drains. Unfortunately, the chemicals in these drain cleaners do more harm than good.

The toxic chemicals release an unappealing smell into your home's air. In addition, the chemicals corrode your pipes and fixtures, increasing the risk of leaks. Therefore, you should avoid using drain cleaners to remove clogs.

In most instances, chronic clogs stem from food residue that builds up inside the drain, garbage disposal, and p-trap under the sink. Over time, this food residue and grease will harden and block the pipes, causing clogs and even water damage if the sink overflows onto kitchen cabinets and floors.

Boiling water can be effective for ridding your drain and pipes of food residue and grease. Also, consider having your drains evaluated and cleaned by professionals to remove all residue from your underlying plumbing system.

Leaky Faucet

You may not realize how big of a problem one small leak can be. One faucet that drips one drop of water each second can waste an estimated 3,000 gallons of water per year.

Again, you may not think this water waste is a big concern, but if you have a monthly water bill, this small leak can become costly over time. In addition, the amount of water you waste can negatively impact the environment.

Fortunately, repairing a leaky faucet is a simple task.

Most leaks stem from a worn O-ring, which acts as a washer for the stem screw that secures the faucet in place. Over time, moisture and basic use will wear the O-ring down, allowing water to leak out around the stem screw.

An old faucet may also be to blame for the leak. If the interior components start to rust and corrode, water may begin to leak. Replacing the old faucet with a new model is a simple project that can add appeal and value while preventing water leaks.

No Hot Water

If hot water is not flowing out of your sink faucet, you and your plumber should conduct a few troubleshooting steps to determine the cause. To get started, turn the hot water valve counterclockwise all the way to ensure the hot water supply to your sink faucet is turned on. If it is in the correct position, the issue may stem from your water heater.

For gas water heaters, make sure the pilot light is lit. If it is not lit, the burner will not ignite, which is imperative for heating your water. If this does not solve the problem, replacing the thermocouple may be necessary.

In electric water heaters, the lack of hot water may stem from a failing heating element that will need to be replaced.

Whether your kitchen sink and faucet are dealing with clogs, leaks, or a lack of hot water, contact Sparrow & Sons Plumbing and Heating for all your kitchen sink and faucet repairs.