The kitchen is the area in your home with the highest concentration of plumbing appliances, excepting maybe your bathroom. Those plumbing appliances all experience wear and tear over time, which means you need to take steps to counteract it if you want to get the best return on investment on your system. There are a couple of different things that you can do to make sure that your kitchen plumbing system stays in good condition for as long as possible. Let’s go over those steps in detail below.
The best way to cope with wear and tear over time is to schedule preventive maintenance for your various systems. As is often the case, your garbage disposal or dishwasher will likely only start to show symptoms of a malfunction after the system has started to suffer damage. You don’t want to wait for symptoms to present themselves, as it will only increase the amount of money you’ll likely have to spend on repairs. That’s why preventive maintenance is so important.
The exact nature of preventive maintenance appointments will vary from system to system. After all, your garbage disposal will have to deal with different issues over time than your faucet will. Most preventive maintenance follows the same general path, though. Preventive maintenance gives your plumber the chance to locate potential plumbing issues and solve them before they can progress further. As long as you’re consistent about scheduling maintenance for your plumbing systems, you can expect to both save money on repair costs and lengthen the lifespan of those systems by a number of years. Plumbing systems don’t have peak usage seasons, so it matters less when you schedule preventive maintenance and more that you schedule it at least once a year.
Know When to Call for Repairs
Even if you’re careful about calling for maintenance on a regular basis, there is no guarantee that you will be able to completely avoid problems. The longer you have various appliances, the greater the likelihood of problems cropping up will be. If you notice something wrong with one of your kitchen plumbing systems, the important thing is that you call for repairs as soon as possible. You may not be able to prevent all of the damage to the system, but at least you can limit it as much as possible.
There are a lot of different signs that might indicate an issue with one of your kitchen plumbing appliances. Slow drainage is often a sign of an issue with your kitchen drain, or with your garbage disposal. This could be caused by a buildup of food waste like FOG (fats, oils, and grease) in the drainage line. Leaks are, obviously, another major sign of a problem with a plumbing system. Ultimately, it is better to call a professional just to be safe than to ignore a potential issue and let it get worse. If you suspect there is an issue with your kitchen plumbing, call for repairs immediately.