As many know, the kitchen is one of the dirtiest places in your entire house. Add on top of that a problem with any aspect of your plumbing and you’ve got a recipe for disaster that no homeowner wants to tackle. However, the reality of life is that things will stop functioning properly with your kitchen plumbing, and knowing how to address some of these common problems will help your home run smoother and keep more of your money in your pocket. To help with situations such as these, here are three common kitchen plumbing problems and tips for fixing them on your own.
Clogged Garbage Disposal
If your home has a garbage disposal, which almost all newer homes and apartments now do, the chances of having a clog sometime in your disposal’s lifetime are pretty high. However, most of the time, garbage disposal clogs can be fixed easily and won’t require help from a professional as long as you’re careful.
Because garbage disposals have spinning blades to chop up your debris, you never want to reach your hand in to fix a clog without having turned off the breaker first. Emrah Oruc of SFGate.com shares that when your disposal gets jammed, the most common problem is that the blades got stuck, requiring you to get under your sink and move the blades back into position by hand. While this isn’t a hard task to complete, it can be dangerous if you’re not careful with the blades. Make sure you take the proper precautions before attempting to fix anything with your garbage disposal.
From time to time, you may have heard of someone’s refrigerator leaking water out onto the floor. This is a pretty common problem for people to experience, especially with bottom-freezer refrigerators. According to FamilyHandyman.com, this leaking water happens because there is a clog in the evaporator drain line. While this may sound like an intimidating fix, you should rarely have to call a professional for maintenance help with this problem. All you need to do is unclog the drain line using materials that you likely already have at home. To help you accomplish this task, FamilyHandyman.com provides readers with a great tutorial to fix that drain line quickly and easily.
Dishwasher That Won’t Wash Dishes
If your dishwasher begins acting up and won’t adequately wash your dishes after running them through a cycle, there are multiple ways that HomeRepairTutor.com shares for alleviating this issue. While the problem may stem from various parts of your dishwasher, it generally all comes down to making sure all the parts of your dishwasher are cleaned and free of debris. This includes unclogging the spray arms, cleaning all inside components for residue and buildup, and making sure the door seals are in proper working order. By having a clean appliance, you’ll have a better chance of having clean dishes.
Luckily for homeowners, the most common kitchen plumbing problems are also the easiest to fix on your own. To tackle various kitchen plumbing problems head-on, use the tips mentioned above the next time you’re faced with an issue in the kitchen.