Navigating Yoru Kitchen's Plumbing System

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When it comes to making sure you avoid repair issues in your home, your plumbing system is one of the areas where you want to put plenty of your attention. There are regular things you can do to help keep your plumbing system working smoothly. This article will help you with regards to your home's kitchen plumbing system.

Keep your kitchen's plumbing features clean

You want to make sure you clean certain elements, so you can avoid issues along the way due to dirt build-up. Some areas you want to focus on keeping clean include the kitchen sink drain, the faucet tip and the garbage disposal.

Cleaning the sink drain: You can clean down inside of the kitchen drain by adding some baking soda and white vinegar down the drain. You will see it foam out the top. Allow this to happen for a couple minutes and then turn the hot water on and rinse it down. This foamy combination helps to scrub slime and debris out of the drain. You should also run hot tap water down the drain for a couple of minutes at the end of each day to help flush anything in the drain down to avoid clogs.

Cleaning the faucet tip: You can clean the tip of the sink faucet by unscrewing the aerator by hand and going counterclockwise. Disassemble the spray head and use a toothbrush dipped in white vinegar to scrub the calcium buildup and sediment off the parts. Put it back together and screw it back in place. This prevents build-up from causing the water to back up in the faucet which will lead to faucet damage.

Cleaning the garbage disposal: If you have a garbage disposal, you want to use the same solution mentioned for the drain for the disposal side as well. Plus, you will also want to put a couple of handfuls of ice cubes into the garbage disposal side and turn the water on very low while you run the disposal. The hard ice getting chopped up by the blades will help to scrub off anything stuck on the blades, so they remain sharper and continue to work efficiently.

Maintenance tips if small issues arise

If you have a clog, you can also use the baking soda and white vinegar to free it up. The best way to avoid dealing with clogs to begin with is to never put anything greasy or oily down the drain. Also, never put food down the drain. In fact, the only thing that should go down the disposal is small crumbs and bits on the plates and bowls that you weren't able to scrape off into your garbage.

If your disposal won't work, there is a red button to reset it on the disposal canister under the sink. Press this button and it should work again. If it still doesn't work, you may need to use the small Allen wrench that came with it to adjust it on the bottom of the canister. Contact a plumbing service, like The King's Helper, for more help.

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