5 Common Kitchen Plumbing Problems You Might Face

Monday, October 12th, 2020

broken-kitchen-sinkThe kitchen has an enormous amount of plumbing and plumbing fixtures in it. The bathroom has a higher concentration of plumbing and pipes, but you need to take special care of your kitchen plumbing in Glendale, AZ or else it can turn into a serious nightmare. Below are five common kitchen plumbing troubles that may require calling our talented team to investigate.

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Beware of FOG! Fats, Oils, and Grease vs. Your Kitchen Plumbing

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Every home system has small enemies that can wreak havoc on the system. For your heating and cooling systems, it’s dust and dirt; for your kitchen plumbing system, it’s FOG: fats, oil and grease. Keeping these small enemies at bay isn’t difficult, but it does take diligence.

When it comes to your plumbing, staying ahead of FOG can significantly reduce the amount of clogs you experience and keep your kitchen plumbing in Scottsdale, AZ healthy. So what happens when oil, grease and/or fat heads down your drain? Let’s take a look.

FOG: Sticky Stuff

The main problem with FOG materials is that they cling very stubbornly to the inside of your piping. You may think that adding hot water to your piping would remove this; unfortunately, this is not the case. When you run hot water into your piping, it temporarily liquefies the FOG materials; once the water cools, the FOG solidifies again, and does so even further down your pipes. Many people also think that garbage disposals can get rid of FOG; again, this is not true. All a garbage disposal does to FOG materials is make them smaller. As more and more FOG heads down your pipes, the bigger the FOG build-up becomes. Eventually the FOG can restrict your water flow, creating slow drains, and can also cause a clog to develop. The best way to avoid problems with FOG is to make sure they don’t go down your drain.

Ways to Avoid FOG in Your Drains

Here are some suggestions on how to avoid problems in your plumbing from FOG:

  • Scraping – make sure all dinnerware and cookware is thoroughly scraped of food, dressings and condiments before rinsing them off in your sink.
  • Use a strainer – place a strainer in your sink (if it doesn’t already have one) and empty it after use.
  • Don’t ever pour cooking grease down your drain – all cooking grease should be disposed of properly. Wait until the grease is room temperature, then drain all grease into an empty can or jar and throw away immediately.
  • Don’t wash mayonnaise or salad dressings down your drain – scrape all containers containing these kinds of condiments, and if needed, wipe them with a paper towel before rinsing them to reduce the amount of fat and oil that can enter your drain.

FOG plumbing problems can be messy and even smell. By taking the steps above, you can maintain your plumbing in Scottsdale, AZ for many years to come. Have questions about maintaining your plumbing?

Call The Trusted Plumber today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

How to Prevent Kitchen Plumbing Repair

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Finding out that you have to schedule plumbing repair for your kitchen means you have to wait for a repair technician to arrive before doing anymore cooking or cleaning. This can be frustrating, particularly if you had planned a day of entertaining guests or if you just need to rinse off a dish or two that are slowly building up in the sink. While most plumbers try to perform repairs as quickly as possible, running into the need for plumbing repair is still never quite ideal, which is why many homeowners seek ways to prevent kitchen plumbing repair on their own.

Luckily, there are a couple of steps you can take to prevent clogs, detect leaks, and even ensure steady water pressure. While some of these are steps you can take on your own, others will require the help of a professional. When you need repairs or maintenance for your kitchen plumbing in Scottsdale, AZ, call on the trained and friendly plumbers at The Trusted Plumber.

  • Schedule regular maintenance and drain cleaning. The first way to ensure your pipes stay free of problems, or to detect leaks as early as possible, is by calling a plumber for professional plumbing maintenance. With maintenance, a plumber will inspect your pipes and any fixtures and appliances that are part of your plumbing system. The technician will perform a routine cleaning and adjustment and let you know if you should schedule any additional repairs.
  • Learn the proper way to use your garbage disposal. The fact is that a large number of homeowners simply don’t know how to use a garbage disposal properly. You should always break up food into smaller pieces first, avoid putting fibrous foods like celery into the garbage disposal (as they can wrap around the motor), and any non-food items or hard food items like meat bones.
  • Avoid pouring fats, oils, and grease (F.O.G.) down the drain. Fats, oils, and grease seem fairly innocuous, but they can actually solidify as they cool down, clogging the drains and collecting debris until, in some cases, sewage backs up into your home.
  • Protect your pipes with a water softening device. Hard water can cause your pipes to become blocked with sediment as mineral deposits leave behind a collection of calcium and magnesium that interfere with the pipes. A water softener can eliminate these minerals from your water supply so that they won’t cause a problem with your plumbing.

Call The Trusted Plumber for more information about how you can protect your kitchen plumbing in Scottsdale, AZ.