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4 Kitchen Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Dec 17, 2019

Home Improvement Plumbing
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For many homeowners, once their kitchen plumbing is installed they often forget about it. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize they have a problem until it’s too late and the damage has already been done.

The best way to prevent plumbing emergencies is to be proactive. By performing routine plumbing maintenance and taking steps to prevent problems you should have little to no issues.

Here are four kitchen plumbing maintenance tips you can follow to help ensure you never run into any serious issues.

Tip #1: Use Sink Strainers

Kitchen sinks aren’t just used for soap and water. These drains have to 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 can lead to a clog that will require a serious repair.

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 the greater the chance the debris will end up being washed down your drain, so clean it as often as possible.

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, sometimes 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.

So, in order to avoid clogs and sewage back-ups, never pour oil, fat, and grease down the drain. Instead, pour it in a cup, 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 turn into serious problems down the line.

Simply having a look at your pipes on a somewhat regular basis can help you catch problems early. Check your pipes for any leaks or cracks. You’ll also want to check for any signs of water or moisture near or around 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 do 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.

Burst pipes generally don’t just 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. This can lead to serious water damage, flooding, and the loss and destruction of your personal property. And even just 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

As mentioned previously, even small kitchen plumbing problems can grow over time and eventually manifest 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.

In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) 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 be concerned 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, so you’ll want to 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’ll likely have to 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 being put 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 its too late. However, if a pipe bursts while you’re away the damage can be severe.

You could return to your home to find a pool of water throughout your house, valuables destroyed, and thousands of dollars in damage.

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 been dealing with all kinds of plumbing emergencies for 30 years and 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.