We all know the kitchen is the heart of our home and the sink is the most important part of it. We clean and prepare our food, wash the dishes after eating, and clean up messes. In addition to that, it is also the most used and useful appliance in the kitchen, that’s why it is more prone to damage.
A broken sink is very frustrating to a lot of homeowners. It brings very big problems and a tedious amount of work on accomplishing the family’s everyday needs, which is preparing food and washing dishes.
Here are some of the most common kitchen sink problems and how to fix them:
1. Clogged Drainage
Clogs are usually caused by food waste that has washed off of the plate and got trapped in the drainer or pipes. When it remains stuck for long, the decomposition of organic elements can cause a stinky smell and become a breeding ground for harmful microorganisms. You sure don’t want those near your food preparation area.
Here are some remedies you can do at home to fix clogged drainage:
Vinegar And Baking Soda
This combination makes for a powerful cleaning solution without the added toxic chemicals. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and a fine abrasive which is good for odor absorption and scrubbing while vinegar can cut through grease. These two kitchen ingredients are inexpensive and readily available since they are commonly used in cooking.
The science behind this remedy: baking soda is sodium bicarbonate and vinegar is acetic acid; when both are mixed, they form two new chemicals and they decompose into water and carbon dioxide gas which rises on top of the mixture and creates bubbles.
Precaution: It is not a harmful solution but better to be safe. Use safety gloves before mixing it and safety glasses to protect the eyes, it can explode when too much amount of vinegar and baking soda are being mixed
How to do it:
- Pour boiling water into the sink
- Pour the baking soda plus 1 cup of water
- Pour ½ of vinegar
- Cover the drainage for about 7 – 10 mins.
- Pour boiling water into the sink again to washout everything
Unscrew the Sink Pipe Trap
Sometimes we are too scared to tamper with this thing for fear of getting pipe damaged. But it is an easy and effective way to get rid of clogs (if you can bear the stinky smell in it).
Pipe traps located under the sink are designed to trap liquid or gas to prevent unwanted flow.
How to do it:
- Place a container underneath the pipe trap to catch clogged liquid and food waste.
- Slowly unscrew the slip nuts while supporting the body of the pipe (some pipe traps have 2 slip nuts).
- Clean the pipe with flowing warm water from the sink.
- Screw back the slip nuts (run some water to make sure there is no leak).
Note* this will only work on a weak or small amount of clogs
2. Unscrew the Sink Pipe Trap
The faucet is an essential part of the sink. Although most sink problems require a professional plumber to fix them, there are minor problems that you can fix by yourself.
Here are some:
A leaky faucet is the most common sink issue that most homeowners encounter. Left unfixed, you should expect an increase in your water bills.
note* we all have different kinds of faucets, this will only work on this specific and look alike faucet people have. (pull-down kitchen faucet handle.)
How to fix it
- Turn off the source of the water in the faucet (mostly it is underneath the sink)
- Unscrew the screw that holds the head and the stem of the faucet
- Pull down the faucet handle and you can apply WD-40 in the line between the head and the stem to help loosen them up
- Put some force to remove the head handle
- Use an adjustable spanner to take off the other parts of the stem (if bare hands won’t work)
- Clean all the parts well and replace the washer if necessary
- Reassemble, tighten everything in place and run the water through the faucet to check and it should be fixed by then.
Low Water Pressure due to Blocked Aerator
An Aerator is used to reduce the volume of water and the splash distance of the water as it falls from the faucet to the sink basin. It also helps filter out large debris coming from the central water system.
- How to fix / clean aerator
- Remove the aerator by twisting it out like a screw from the faucet. If you can’t remove it with your hands, you can use pliers; just simply apply cloth before twisting it with pliers to avoid scratching its surface.
- Clean it by running warm water while brushing with a used toothbrush to wash out the small minerals stuck in it.
- Check for any other damages to determine if it needs to be replaced.
- Put the aerator back in place and run the water again to check.
- How to fix / clean aerator
3. Water Leaks due to broken pipe
Broken pipes are tricky and quite a serious problem that needs to be addressed by a professional plumber. When you need to buy more time or you a professional plumber cannot go to fix those broken pipes right away, you can do this:
- Find or pinpoint where the water leak is coming from, turn off the water source, and apply a water-resistant sealant. Once dry, you can turn on the water source to check if it’s still leaking. This is just a temporary fix so you can still use your sink while waiting for a professional plumber to replace those.
Making your kitchen especially the sink properly cleaned and maintained is important. A dirty sink can expose your kitchen household to germs, make it feel less safe, and become a possible source of disease
In addition to that, the water supply in our home is properly treated, which comes with a lot of processes to be useful and be very safe for everyone but entails a fair costly water bill. So water conservation is a must to be prioritized.
Cleaning your sink regularly and dealing with the problem urgently is the most effective way to ensure that it will maintain beauty and functionality.
For your sink repair needs, contact Yeobuild HomeRepair now at +65 6746 6177