Tips on Faucet and Drain Repairs

Tips on Faucet and Drain Repairs

Remember the last time you had to repair your kitchen faucet?  When you grabbed your tools out of the garage and went to fix the faucet, were you feeling some anxiety? Were you reviewing all you know about kitchen faucets, hoping that you did not make a bigger problem than you started with? If you felt anxiety or uncertainty, you may wish to defer to our experienced Roto-Rooter technicians in the future. They are available day or night, seven days a week.

Repairs on kitchen faucets are fairly common. The kitchen area gets a lot of use. The food disposer flushes undesirable items down the sewer system on a regular basis. During breakfast, lunch, and dinner preparations the motor is running!

Have you ever had a problem with your drain clogging as a result of the wrong items being put into the food disposer? That is a common occurrence. Here are some guidelines to follow when putting items in the garbage disposal:

Scraps—do not put vegetable and fruit peelings into the food disposer. Egg shells are also a no-no. Putting things, like potato peelings, into the disposer will surely clog your drains.

  • Dinner clean up—it is fine to scrape food smears and small bits from plates into the food disposer. However, avoid putting things like meat and large scraps into the system. It isn’t designed to deal with these items.
  • Grease—you should never put grease into your drains. Do not pour leftover grease into the sink or food disposer. Items like this should be poured into a collection jar with a lid and placed into your kitchen trash can.

If you find that your drains do not work and the water instantly backs into your sinks when you turn on your faucet, you can do a few things. First, try a retail drain cleaner. Pour the chemical into the sink following all the manufacturer’s recommendations. Be sure to take all safety precautions. This substance is a caustic acid and will cause personal injury if splashed on the skin or in the eyes.

If drain cleaner does not work, use your toilet plunger. Plug the sinks other than the one you will be plunging.  Make sure you get a good seal between the drain opening and the rubber plunger. This method will work best if the clog is near the drain opening.

If plunging fails to work, try a pipe snake. This flexible rod with a claw-like attachment will clear out even the most difficult clogs. Push the rod into the drain until it hits the clog. Attach the handle and begin turning the rod as you push it further into the drain. When you notice the water drain, pull the rod back and forth through the area of the clog a few times to completely clear it. For serious clogs, there is no substitute for a professional from Roto-Rooter.

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