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Over the years, our homes have been subject to regular check-ups and maintenance, just like checking up on our health. Some parts of the house may need upgrades or solutions when problems arise, primarily in the kitchen. Our kitchens tend to be one of the areas in our home that needs a regular check-up, and the most common problem is sink and faucet related.
So, as you read this article, learn and be aware of these common problems so the next time you spot them, you’ll know how to fix them.
Because of everyday use, our kitchen and bath faucets experience wear and tear that may lead to this first common problem—leaky faucets. This faucet problem is often caused by overuse or corrosion, creating washer damage. Should you see your faucets drip and do not know what to do, you may call your local plumber to provide the help you need. But those who know how to replace it with a new faucet may do it themselves by first shutting off the water supply to your faucet. You can do this by turning the valve under the sink or where you control your main water supply.
Have you experienced turning on the faucet, but only a little water comes out? It is most probably a low water pressure problem caused by blocked aerators or mineral build-up.
As time passes, our faucets tend to collect calcium deposits through the water passing through them; this is especially true in residential or commercial places with heavy minerals present in water. However, the trick of unclogging the faucet aerator is simple. Unscrew the aerator off the faucet and poke the aerator screen with a pin or a needle.
Also, check if it is rusted, and if it is—time to replace it with a new one. If lime and mineral are present in the aerator, try soaking in vinegar overnight before cleaning it.
Some homeowners get a little panicky when their sink tends to drain slower than it usually does and the closest possible reasons for bathroom sink are the hairs collected over time. As for kitchen sinks, the debris of food leftovers goes down the drain unnoticed. Sometimes it, is also used oil that accumulates and blocks the pipes, resulting in slow draining sinks.
The most straightforward hack to fix this is to remove the sink pop-up and clean it by removing the stuck debris and returning it to its proper place. If used oil is what clogs the sink, try to pour hot water into the sink to remove the used oil that’s been hardened by cold water.
If you’ve already cleaned up the drain, but the same sink still isn’t properly draining, check the trap. The fix to this is by disconnecting the sink trap, but first, make sure that it hasn’t been used for almost a day to make it somewhat dry. Check for anything that might be causing the blockage, such as coins, toothpaste caps, or whatever it is that might be stuck in the drain trap.
These are the most common sink and faucet problems that one can fix with simple solutions. However, if other issues might be more significant than just the sink and faucet, it is better to seek professional help from local plumbers in your area.
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