One room in the home where it is important to keep the plumbing system operating at high performance is the kitchen. A properly running kitchen system is essential to cooking and washing dishes either by hand in the sink or using a dishwasher. Fortunately, there are measures homeowners can take to ensure their kitchen plumbing operates efficiently.
The following is a list of tips for efficient and worry free kitchen plumbing performance:
1. The kitchen sink is an essential part of the kitchen. There are a number of things you can do to make sure the sink is working properly. First, make sure the drain pipe is accessible. Under the sink, you should have access to all drain components. Make sure there are not any installed items that block access to the pipes. As well, the sink you use should be a quality brand name sink. Make sure that you run hot water through the pipes regularly to prevent the build up of matter that can cause blockage. Also, once a week, add a cup of baking soda and 1/3 cup of vinegar into the sink to break up any matter and prevent odours. There are also faucets that you can buy that are leak-free. If you do not have a leak-free faucet and you develop a leak, you can replace the washer and clean the aerator in the faucet. Consider getting a sediment trap that you slip in the sink drain hole to capture debris and food. If you do get a clog in the drain, you can take such action as plunging with a sink plunger, use a sink auger, or use a drain cleaner. Never poor grease, cooking oil, and food into a sink drain.
2. Set up a time annually where you will do a maintenance check of the kitchen plumbing system. During your maintenance check, look for leaking pipes, low water pressure, cracks in pipes and around the sink, and any other damage or worn parts. If you come across problems, it is important to repair or replace parts immediately to prevent further damage. You can always arrange for a plumber annual inspection where the plumber will check the entire plumbing system in the house, including the kitchen.
3. When considering the water flow, think about getting a water filtration system that will eliminate metals and minerals that can build up and cause damage in the pipes and plumbing components. As well, PVC pipes are safer than metal pipes which are at more risk of cracking and bursting.
There is more to maintaining a kitchen than just keeping it clean. Kitchen plumbing is an important part of the home. It is vital that you take care of the plumbing to ensure it stays working. If you don’t take care of your system, you can end up with a really expensive plumbing repair bill. A professional plumber has the expertise to provide a thorough inspection of the kitchen plumbing, advise you of any problems, and give helpful advice on maintaining the plumbing.