Plumbing plays a large role in keeping your kitchen functioning properly. You need water for the dishwasher and the sink certainly, but there are also specialty appliances like the garbage disposal and ice-maker that rely on your plumbing system as well.
One of the most important aspects of your kitchen plumbing is your kitchen sink. If you are installing a new sink, it is important that you consider the best design for the functionality that you desire. For example, a deep sink allows you to more easily wash large pots. If you plan on entertaining a lot of people you will want a lot of sink space, so straight up and down corners and an offset drain will give you the most space to work with.
Kitchen plumbing installation is a big job. Even if you only need to have a new dishwasher put in, you want to make sure that the work does not adversely affect any of your other kitchen appliances. And if you are in need of a full kitchen plumbing installation, you want to have confidence that the work is done right so that you do not have to worry about chronic problems developing later on due to shoddy workmanship.
It is important to have your kitchen laid out in a way that will make it easier for you to cook efficiently and you want to make sure you have the best quality appliances and fixtures. Planning a kitchen layout and selecting appliances can be a pretty overwhelming process, but our experts can help to guide you every step of the way. We offer advice and recommendations on all aspects of kitchen plumbing installation, so that you wind up with exactly the kitchen you were hoping for.
Once all of your kitchen plumbing is in place, the most important thing is that it continues to run smoothly. The best way to ensure this is to schedule regular plumbing maintenance visits with one of our professional plumbers. They can complete a thorough inspection of your kitchen plumbing to check for minor issues that might turn into bigger problems later on. And they will clean out all of your pipes and fixtures to help keep water flowing smoothly.
Kitchen plumbing maintenance usually only needs to occur once a year to be effective and it is definitely a worthwhile investment. When your kitchen plumbing is properly maintained, it will work more efficiently and it is less likely that something will break down and need emergency repairs. Regular maintenance saves you both time and money and makes the small cost of the visits a good overall investment.
No matter how well your kitchen plumbing was put in or maintained, there will come a time when you need to call for repair services. Whether your dishwasher is suddenly dumping water all over the floor or your kitchen sink is simply draining too slowly, we’re here to help.
The garbage disposal is one of the many conveniences of the modern kitchen. To date, half of all homes in the US have one installed and we rely on them daily to clean up after messes, remove unwanted waste from our sinks and ensure water keeps draining freely. But, what happens when your garbage disposal gets clogged or stops working? You need a plumber who can quickly and efficiently remove the clog and get your disposal back in action.
A garbage disposal works by using a high torque motor that runs at roughly 1 horsepower to grind food scraps so they can be flushed down the drain with your waste water. The idea is that by effectively grinding and flushing the food waste, it reduces the volume of food in landfills and uses the existing sewer system to handle waste products.
However, a garbage disposal – while efficient most of the time – simply does not have the power to grind everything placed in it. Certain foods like artichoke leaves or potato peels can get caught in the blades and create a jam. If the disposal gets jammed it can lock up or even overheat. Most disposals will simply stop working when this happens.
If your disposal gets stuck, it is sometimes possible to fix the problem without calling a plumber. Make sure you unplug your disposal before doing any work on it to avoid potential injury. Once it is unplugged, stick a long wooden spoon or dowel in and turn the grinding chamber until the food that got stuck can be removed. If a larger object like a fork or spoon is stuck, you may need to retrieve it. Again, make sure the device is unplugged before sticking anything inside.
Most of the time, clearing out a jam will take care of your garbage disposal problems. However, in some cases, the issue goes beyond a small jam. The jam may have put pressure on the motor, damaging it, or the disposal might just be getting old and wearing out.
If this is the case, it may be time to call for professional help to either service or replace your ailing garbage disposal.
If you’re experiencing issues with your garbage disposal, call Standard Plumbing. If a new unit is required, we can help you choose the unit that best suits your needs and our professional installers can have it in place and ready to work in no time.