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St. Cloud Kitchen Plumbing Basics

Posted by William Sherk
William Sherk

If the plumbing in your kitchen isn’t running smoothly, your family is suffering the inconvenient consequences. When your kitchen’s plumbing isn’t up to snuff, it’s time to call in a St. Cloud Plumber for professional services. From a leaky faucet to a clogged drain, early intervention by a professional plumber can save you from needing far costlier repairs – and heightened inconvenience – down the road.

The Kitchen Sink

The Drain

Your kitchen sink is the hub of activity in your kitchen – it’s where all the prep work for every meal you share starts. When your kitchen sink isn’t draining properly, it can put a real crimp in the way your household runs. In fact, other than your shower drains, the drain in your kitchen sink is likely to get the most use. And there’s a lot going on here – from vegetable peels to general food-based debris.

Ideally, no food in any form and no oils or grease should ever go down your kitchen drain, but this is a nearly unattainable goal. Food particles and oils will find their way down your kitchen drains, and eventually this mixture will adhere to your pipes and continue to develop over time. While you can dump toxic chemicals down the drain in hopes of clearing out the clog or buildup, you are very unlikely to accomplish anything more than a temporary fix that quickly dissipates. A professional St. Cloud plumber has the tools, experience, and ability to effectively, efficiently, and safely scour your pipes completely clean in one go.

The Faucet

Few of us are immune to the annoyance of a dripping faucet. If the faucet in your kitchen is sounding a tell-tale drip, drip, drip, it’s time to call in a professional. A dripping faucet is not just a nuisance but is also a waste of water. Further, you don’t know where the leak stems from, and it could be indicative of a larger problem. If you notice water pooling or beading around the base of your faucet, it could indicate a faulty connection, inferior parts, or a leak deeper within your plumbing. Any of these issues can lead to significant structural damage over time; don’t let a leaky faucet persist – call in a professional St. Cloud plumber.

The Garbage Disposal

If food isn’t meant to go down your kitchen drain, you might be wondering why there’s a garbage disposal built into your sink. Your kitchen sink sees a lot of action, and bits of food will inevitably make their way into your drain – the garbage disposal can help minimize the damage. Keep in mind however that, while a garbage disposal can help keep the food that does enter your pipes very small and manageable, you’re still more likely to face a clogged pipe if you use your garbage disposal to purposefully dispose of food wastes. Remember too that there are certain things that your garbage disposal is not intended to process:

  • Oils and grease
  • Fruit and vegetable peels and/or pits
  • Bones
  • Coffee grounds
  • Egg shells

Although the garbage disposal does process food waste to a fine grind, it does not eliminate the waste completely.

Your Sink’s P-Trap

You know that curved section of pipe underneath your kitchen sink – it’s called the p-trap, and it’s intended (via a water plug) to prevent sewer gasses from flowing back into your home. If your p-trap connection is loose or if the pipe springs a leak, it can cause significant structural damage. If the leak or disconnection is serious, your sink will be rendered unusable because the water will flow directly into the cabinet under it. If the leak is slow, on the other hand, it’s more likely to cause more insidious damage that necessitates serious and seriously expensive repairs. If there are signs of dampness below your kitchen sink, call in an experienced St. Cloud plumber.

Your Dishwasher

Your dishwasher is likely a major player in your kitchen. After all, those dishes aren’t going to clean themselves. Dishwashers are complicated machines that are incorporated into your home’s plumbing. A leak in the plumbing that’s connected to your dishwasher can cause serious structural damage. If there is any sign of unexplained moisture around your dishwasher, shut it down and call in the professionals.

If You’ve Got Problems with Your Kitchen’s Plumbing, You Need a Professional St Cloud Plumbing Service

Your Kitchen Is the Heart of Your Home, and if there’s an issue with your plumbing, you feel it. The plumbing professionals at Neighborhood Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electrical in St. Cloud are here to help. Our dedicated team is committed to providing the residents of St. Cloud with both excellent customer care and quality professional plumbing and heating services – just like we’ve been doing for more than 60 years. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so please contact or call us at 877-817-0584 to schedule an appointment today.

 

Topics: St Cloud, Kitchen Plumbing

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