Kitchen Plumbing Maintenance Tips From Your Plumber | Prescott, AZ

The best way to ensure that your Prescott, AZ plumbing system will last and function at its best is to perform routine maintenance, especially in the areas that are most frequently prone to problems like your kitchen. The plumbing associated with your kitchen sees a lot of action. By caring for your kitchen’s plumbing system, you can support the longevity of your pipes and fixtures. While your plumber from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Prescott can perform maintenance services as needed, you can also use the following tips to keep your kitchen plumbing system in optimum condition.

Attend to Slow Drains

A slow drain may not seem like a serious problem, but it could become one. A slow drain is an indication that a clog is forming in your drain. A drain clog can stop up your kitchen sink, preventing you from using it. Fortunately, you may be able to clear the debris building up in your pipe without contacting a plumber for a service call.

If you feel comfortable cleaning the p-trap under your sink, it’s a good idea to do it if you have a slow drain. Of course, the developing clog could be further down the drain, but the p-trap is a typical site where debris builds up. Cleaning your p-trap periodically can help reduce the risk of slow drains and clogs in any case. Carefully remove the p-trap, rinse it clean in your bathroom sink, and then replace it. See how that works.

If the drain is still slow, you can use a simple kitchen sink snake to dislodge any debris that might be caked in the drain between the sink and the p-trap. If these steps don’t work, it’s a good idea to let a plumbing expert check out your line. A plumber can auger the drain to ensure that it opens up and allows water to flow freely again.

Protect Drains

The best way to prevent slow drains and clogged drains is to prevent grease and food debris from entering drain pipes in the first place. Be sure to educate household members about protecting drains. It’s not unusual for kids to dump cereal bowls in the sink or for food debris to accidentally get dropped into the drain. But this debris can get caught in bends in the plumbing system and actually harden. Grease can trap food debris passing through the pipes, causing a big clog to develop.

You can reduce the risk of drain clogs by using drain screens that will blog large food particles from flowing down the drain. By cleaning your screens routinely and making sure no grease or oils enter the drain system, you can help maintain the well-being of your Prescott, AZ plumbing system.

Check Your Water Pressure

Low water pressure can be frustrating. However, when water pressure is too strong, it can damage your plumbing system. Sometimes people are tempted to increase water pressure because it makes washing dishes easier. Strong water pressure can more easily remove food debris stuck to dishes and pans. However, your plumber can tell you that water pressure should be set within a safe range (40 to 50 psi). If your water pressure exceeds 50 psi, its force could cause damage to your plumbing system, resulting in a loosening of joints and leaks. If you aren’t sure about how to adjust your water pressure, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Prescott for help. We can quickly troubleshoot water pressure issues and make the adjustments needed.

Check for Leaks

A plumbing system leak can cause a considerable amount of property damage. Leaks can ruin drywall and damage flooring. Depending on where they occur, they can also cause structural damage and lead to terrible mold problems. If you notice that your plumbing system is leaking beneath your sink, you can call an experienced plumber from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Prescott to repair it.

Of course, not all leaks are related to your sink. What if your dishwasher is leaking? In this case, you can still contact our company and we’ll send a plumber to your home to evaluate the problem. A hose may have become loose. It’s a good idea to let a plumber inspect your kitchen plumbing system when leaks occur because there could be more than one leak. Leaks may be obvious or hidden. An experienced plumbing pro knows how to check for hidden leaks and then make the necessary repairs or plumbing replacements.

Fix Leaking Faucets

If your kitchen sink or pot filler is leaking, it could be a sign that the fixture needs replacing. On the other hand, it may be as simple as replacing a part. A leaky faucet is a nuisance, but over time, it can waste a substantial amount of water. An experienced plumber can inspect your faucet to determine if it should be replaced or if it can be fixed.

Conversely, if your faucet isn’t releasing water evenly (or it’s spraying out of the faucet in weird directions), it could be a sign that its aerator needs cleaning. Cleaning the aerator is a simple maintenance task that most people can perform. Simply unscrew the aerator and wash away any sediment buildup. Sediment is caused by hard water minerals. Then replace the aerator. That should clear up the issue.

If you are uncomfortable performing any kitchen plumbing maintenance task, it’s best to contact a plumber from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Prescott. We can visit your Prescott, AZ home to perform services like drain cleaning and leak repair. All of our plumbing professionals are licensed and have the experience needed to deliver all of our services. It’s best to let a plumbing pro tackle plumbing problems when they arise. We have the skills, know-how, and equipment needed to professionally maintain your home’s plumbing system.

Photo By Alena Ozerova at Shutterstock