Common Problems with Your Sink


With how often you use your kitchen sink, it’s only a matter of time before you run into a problem with it. The wear and tear from washing your hands, fruit and vegetables, dishes, and more take a toll on different components of your kitchen sink. That’s why it’s important to understand common problems with kitchen sinks, including how to avoid them and what to do about them when they arise.

Take a look at the list below of the most common kitchen sink problems and what causes them.

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Leaky Faucet

A leaky faucet is one of the most common issues you can have with your kitchen sink. The consistent dripping of water is annoying, sure, but that’s not even the biggest issue with a leaky faucet. It’s a waste of water that you may notice on your bill at the end of the month, plus it introduces a risk for mold with the standing water. The best course of action is calling a plumber who can identify the cause of your leaky faucet.

There are multiple reasons your faucet might be leaking. The easiest fix is caused by a loose handle that may not have turned all the way off when you pushed it down. Otherwise, the problem could be from the water supply, a loose faucet covering, or from weak valves.

Clogged Drain

Another regular occurrence in many kitchens sinks is the clogged drain. Clogged drains can cause water to back up and will likely leave a nasty smell lingering around your kitchen sink. The rotting food can attract flies and other bugs as well, turning a clogged drain into a bigger problem.

There are a few ways to address a clogged drain on your own. You can simply reach down and see if there is something you can pull out that will clear the drain. If that doesn’t work, try a chemical solution like Drano. If chemicals fail to fully clear the drain, your last resort will be to use a plunger and plunge the sink like you would a toilet. If every one of those options comes up short, you should call a plumber who will have the drain snaking tools to clear your clogged drain.

Low Water Pressure

If you’re water pressure drops, you’re sure to notice. It’ll take longer to wash your hands, your dishes, and fill glasses. The problem of weak water pressure can arise from a few sources. One of the more common causes, especially if you have hard water, is a clogged aerator. The aerator is the piece on the end of the faucet that regulates water pressure to reduce splashing. If minerals build up in the aerator, it will cause water pressure to drop. In this case, you can unscrew the aerator and soak it in vinegar, which should clear it of any minerals.

Another cause is the accidental bumping of a water valve underneath your sink. Check to make sure they are fully open. If it’s not either of these causes, then there’s likely a buildup of food deposits within your pipes. You’ll need to call a qualified plumber to properly and safely clear your pipes.

Leaky Sink Pipes

Since kitchen sink pipes are usually tucked away by cupboards, a leaky sink pipe can go unnoticed long enough to cause water damage. To prevent this, make a habit of checking your kitchen sink pipes for any sign of a leak.

The other sink problems we’ve listed so far had decent options for quick fixes on your own. However, when it comes to a leaky sink pipe, you don’t want to take chances. A plumber will know how to repair the leak without accidentally causing more serious damage.

Broken Garbage Disposal

Broken garbage disposals aren’t the end of the world, but they certainly aren’t ideal. Just like a clogged drain, broken disposal will lead to foul odors lingering in your kitchen. Plus, food that you could’ve previously done away with down the drain will now sit in your garbage can, introducing more odors. Here’s a list of foods that can cause broken garbage disposal:

  • Oil and grease
  • Large amount of eggshells
  • Large amount of vegetable peels
  • Fibrous foods like artichokes and corn husks

There’s a chance that the fix is simple. Carefully check to see if there is something stuck in the blades of the garbage disposal. Use light as well as a tool rather than your hands to unjam the blades if you do see an obstruction. Otherwise, you’ll need to call a plumber to get to the root of the problem.

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