One of the areas you’ll want to figure into your kitchen remodel is your plumbing. Whether you’re looking to put in new sinks or simply want to upgrade your existing setup, you need to be on the lookout for certain common kitchen plumbing problems:
Leaky taps. Leaky faucets can be ignored for a short period of time, but in the long run they can lead to high water or utility bills and could eventually cause some significant damage to your plumbing. Leaky taps can usually be fixed without much hassle if they’re caught early. You might just need to replace a couple washers, or the tap itself. But in more complicated circumstances you might need to lay some entirely new pipe.
Clogged drains. Much like leaky taps, a clogged drain is a problem that can easily be fixed if caught early but could create some significant issues if you leave it alone for too long. You might be able to clear up the blockage with a plunger, or you may have to remove a section of pipe to figure out exactly where the blockage is occurring.
Garbage disposal problems. Garbage disposal problems are usually fairly simple to fix. If you are unable to fix the problem, you can easily replace the entire unit. Just remember to never put your hand into a garbage disposal, even if it is turned off — use a tongs or pliers instead to try to pull out an object causing the disposal to malfunction.
Leaky pipes. Leaky pipes are a much more troublesome issue than leaky taps or appliances, especially if the pipes are located in the wall. Over time, these leaks can lead to a buildup of moisture inside the actual structure of your home, which means the structural integrity of your wall is significantly weakened. This problem requires far more extensive repairs.
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