Plumbing in a sink is not an uncommon problem for anyone to experience. Whether it’s the garbage disposal that suddenly stops working or the faucet that drips like crazy, replacing your sink plumbing can be costly and frustrating.
If you don’t have the money to repipe your entire sink, there are some measures you can take in order to make sure your plumbing is working properly and does not break down often:
Get rid of clogs
Clogging in a sink can be caused by things such as food scraps and hair. Not only does this cause an unpleasant odor, but it also results in slow drainage. There are many ways to unclog a drain – using chemicals such as drain cleaners. However, we do not recommend using drain cleaners as it can damage your pipes.
Regularly maintain your plumbing
Sinks are complex for many people, especially if you do not know how to use tools. If this is the case, it’s wise to ask a plumber, friend, or family member to check out your sink every once in a while and make sure that everything is working properly. This includes checking if there are any leaks or damages in the faucet, garbage disposal, connections on a dishwasher, etc.
Keep moving parts lubricated
The moving parts of your drain are some of the most important components when it comes to drainage. There are certain places where you can grease up these parts so they work smoothly without having them get stuck together. Make sure both hot and cold water stops before you grease these parts, however.
Keep it Under the Sink
Many people like to keep their cleaners and tools under the sink. This can cause space problems because many of these products are made up of chemicals that eat away at metal parts, therefore causing rusting and damages to your plumbing fixtures. Make sure all dangerous items are out of reach from children, pets, etc., especially underneath sinks.
Turn off the water when not in use
Nobody likes to hear their faucet dripping endlessly or feel that they have a poorly working garbage disposal. For this reason, it is important to turn off the water whenever you’re done using it, so there is no chance for any damage to your drain system.
Get a Garbage Disposal
This is one of the best investments you can make in your sink. Getting garbage disposal won’t just keep your sink smelling fresh, but it also prevents any extra food from going down the drain and getting stuck under the pipes.
If all else fails, call a professional
Sometimes no matter how much you try to fix an issue with your plumbing on your own, it’s always best to get it fixed by a professional plumber who knows what they’re doing.
For more information, contact Vinny’s Jersey Plumbing, located in wayne, New Jersey. We also service other cities in New Jersey, such as Teaneck, Ridgewood and Little Falls.