Keeping Your Plumbing Flowing Smoothly

If you deal with plumbing clogs on a regular basis, you might find yourself struggling with bent wire hangers, chemical drain cleaner, and unfamiliar pipes. Unfortunately, unless you are a trained professional, all of your efforts might be in vain. Most people don't realize it, but it is possible to damage your plumbing by making a few missteps. If you use the wrong chemicals or you push a little too hard, you might end up dealing with damaged pipes or your clogging problem could get worse. Fortunately, you might be able to use this blog to help you to keep your plumbing flowing smoothly.

3 Easy Kitchen Plumbing Projects To Tackle This Summer


Summer is great time to work on projects around the house, including plumbing projects. Here are three easy projects that will improve the plumbing in your kitchen. 

#1 Get Rid Of Loud Sink Sounds

If your kitchen sink is really loud when you run water or when you run your dishwasher disposal, you can get rid of that loud sound. It is really easy to do. All you need to do is take some expanding foam and apply it in the area underneath your sink between the two sides of your sink. 

You'll want to use regular expanding foam, not the kind that is extra or super expanding. Put a little bit of foam under your sink in the gap between the two sides of your kitchen sink. Start by putting the foam as far up as possible, letting it expand and adding foam until you fill the entire area between the two sides of your sink. If you apply too much foam, you can easily cut it away with a knife. 

The foam will help your sink vibrate less when running water and the garbage disposal, and will even lessen sound when you hit items up against your sink. 

#2 Keep Your Sprayer Hose From Getting Stuck

If you have a spray attachment and ever have to deal with the hose getting stuck when you try to pull the hose out, you can easily fix that problem. First, remove all the items that you have under your sink and near the plumbing. The hose for your sprayer could easily just be getting stuck on everything that you have stored under your sink.

Second, take some half inch foam and put it over the over the shutoff valves. Oftentimes, the sprayer hose can get stuck on the shutoff valve handles. It should stay in place just fine, although you can tape the insulation in place as well. 

#3 Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Last, over time your garbage disposal can get really stinky. To clean the garbage disposal, you are going to want to first put about half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed up by about twice the amount of white vinegar. This will help remove any build up inside of your garbage disposal. Rinse it away with some boiling water. 

Then, cut up and put either a lemon or a lime down your drain. This will help clean the disposal and will leave your sink smelling good as well. 

Be sure to keep food, fruit and vegetable scraps out of your garbage disposal this summer if you don't want it to get clogged. Set up a compost pile for fruit and vegetable scraps, and put food scraps in the garbage.

These three quick projects will help improve the function of your kitchen sink. For more assistance with summer plumbing projects, reach out to your local plumber, like those at Fast Plumbing.


26 June 2017