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4 Kitchen Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Feb 22, 2021

Kitchen plumbing

Many homeowners forget about their kitchen plumbing once it’s installed. Unfortunately, this means many people don’t realize they have a problem with their plumbing until it’s too late and damage has already been done.

The best way to prevent kitchen plumbing emergencies is to be proactive. Keep issues to a minimum by performing routine and preventative plumbing maintenance. Here are four kitchen plumbing maintenance tips you can follow to help prevent problems from happening. 

Tip #1: Use Sink Strainers

Kitchen sinks aren’t just used for soap and water. These drains deal with all sorts of food debris every time you wash or rinse something. While it may seem like no big deal to simply wash some food down your drain, over time this could lead to a clog that would require serious repairs.

One of the easiest things you can do to prevent this kitchen plumbing issue is to install sink strainers on all your drains. These devices catch the majority of large debris that would have otherwise been washed down your drain.

Make sure to monitor your sink strainers and clear away any debris that begins to build up. The longer you wait to clean it, the greater the chance the debris will end up being washed down your drain.

Tip #2: Don’t Pour Oil, Fat and Grease Down Your Drains

Oil, fat, and grease are other items that get poured down drains without much thought. However, these are actually some of the worst items you can wash down your drain.

Have you ever cooked something that left a lot of fat and grease in your pan? You’ve probably noticed that as it starts to cool, it solidifies into a gooey, jelly-like substance. Now imagine that substance sitting in your pipes and all the problems it would cause. That’s exactly what will happen if you pour fat and grease down your drain.

Pouring oil down your drain is potentially even worse. Any oil washed down your drain ends up in the sewer system and combines with your city’s wastewater. Calcium is a common substance in wastewater, and when combined with oil it bonds together into a waxy compound. These waxy globs build up over time and eventually force wastewater and sewage back up the pipes and into your home.

In order to avoid clogs and sewage back-ups, never pour oil, fat, and grease down the drain. Instead, pour it in a cup (or empty can you were going to throw out anyway), wait for it to cool, and then dump it in the garbage.

Tip #3: Check Your Pipes and Fixtures Regularly

You may think checking pipes and fixtures is only for plumbers. However, if you don’t perform a little routine plumbing maintenance yourself, you may miss issues in your plumbing that could eventually turn into serious problems.

Looking at your pipes on a regular basis can help you catch problems early. Check your pipes for any leaks or cracks, and check for any signs of water or moisture near your pipes as this could be a sign that your kitchen plumbing system has sprung a leak.

For peace of mind, it’s always a good idea to have a professional plumber inspect your plumbing from time to time. They might notice problems you’d miss and be able to resolve them before they lead to costly damage.

Tip #4: Fix Leaky Pipes Right Away

If you notice any issues with your kitchen plumbing, make sure to get them fixed right away. A small leak in your pipe may seem like an insignificant problem, but if left unaddressed it could turn into a serious issue that could cause damage to your home.

Generally, burst pipes don’t happen all of a sudden. They usually start as small cracks that grow over time. Eventually, the pressure becomes too much and the pipe bursts, which can lead to serious water damage, flooding, and the loss and destruction of your personal property. Plus, even a small leak can cause mould and mildew to form, which is a potential health risk to both you and your family.

For any sort of plumbing repair, it’s best to call a professional plumber. Improper repairs can actually make matters worse and leave you at risk of more leaks and floods down the line, so let the professionals take care of any damaged pipes.

Problems You Can Face if You Don’t Maintain Your Plumbing

Even small kitchen plumbing problems can grow over time and eventually turn into bigger problems. Performing routine plumbing maintenance now can save you from property damage and costly repairs in the future.

Here are some of the issues you may encounter if you neglect your plumbing for too long.

Mould and Mildew

It doesn’t take a lot of water for mould and mildew to start to grow. Even a little pool of water caused by a small leak in one of your pipes can put you at risk of mould.

Once it starts to grow, mould spores become airborne. Inhaling spores can cause nasal congestion, wheezing, tight chest, coughing, and a sore throat. Prolonged exposure can lead to more serious health problems, such as asthma. If someone in your home already suffers from asthma or allergies, their symptoms may become worse if they come into contact with mould. The World Health Organization (WHO) actually estimates that many cases of childhood asthma have been caused by exposure to mould.

Regularly checking your pipes for leaks and dampness can help prevent this issue and keep you and your family safe.

Clogged Pipes

A clogged or backed up pipe may seem like a minor inconvenience at first. Slow drains can make simple tasks like washing dishes a pain, but there’s actually more you need to worry about.

Clogged pipes can also cause corrosion, flooding, and in some extreme cases, sewage backup. If you encounter any of these problems, you’ll likely have to deal with an expensive repair bill.

Take steps to avoid clogging your pipes. If you do experience any clogs in your kitchen plumbing, try using liquid drain cleaners and/or a plunger to deal with the problem. If this still doesn't resolve the situation, you may be dealing with a more serious issue and you should call a plumber.

Burst Pipes

A burst pipe is when a massive hole forms in a pipe, causing a catastrophic leak. This is usually the result of a small crack under pressure for a long period of time until it finally bursts. 

This can lead to massive flooding in your home and serious water damage. If you’re at home when it happens, you may be lucky and catch it in time to turn off your water supply before it's too late. However, if a pipe bursts while you’re away, the damage can be severe. You could return to your home to find thousands of dollars in damage, including water pooled throughout your house and valuables destroyed.

By performing routine plumbing maintenance and checking your pipes regularly, you’ll give yourself a much better chance of preventing this from happening.

Romaniuk Emergency Plumbing Services

If the worst happens and you experience a burst pipe, sewage backup or another plumbing emergency, you’ll need to act quickly. Shut off the main water supply to your home and then contact a professional plumber right away.

Romaniuk offers 24-hour emergency plumbing services in the Edmonton area and our team is always available to assist you. We’ve dealt with all kinds of plumbing emergencies for over 30 years and are trained to handle a wide range of emergencies.

Don’t wait to contact someone if you’re in need of plumbing repairs. Call Romaniuk right away to get the help you need.