At Spartan Services in Tacoma, we want to make sure that your plumbing is working as it should, no matter if it’s the toilet in your master bathroom or the sink in your laundry room. When something goes wrong, it’s important to have a local plumber that you can rely to fix the issue. Our team knows how to tackle any issue, and in this post, we’ll take a look at five common sink problems and what you can do to address them.
1. A Leaky Faucet
When you stop to think about it, how many times a day do you turn on your kitchen or bathroom sink faucet? Yes, you’re at work for a majority of the day, but during the evenings and weekends, you and your family may turn on the faucets dozens of times. This number of course goes up with the more people you have in the house, and if the faucet leaks, then you could be wasting quite a bit of water.
The first thing to do is to determine where the leak is coming from. If water is leaking near the base of the spout, then it’s likely due to a damaged O-ring seal. If you have an extendable or flexible nozzle on the faucet, such as on a kitchen or vegetable sink, then make sure the attachment is securely fastened to the main spout. If the faucet is constantly dripping, then you’ll want to check the handles and the aerator.
2. Low Water Pressure
When you turn on the sink to wash your hands or rinse something off, you want a steady stream of water with good pressure. If that’s not the case, then it could be due to calcium buildup on the faucet’s aerator. Cleaning the aerator can often remedy this problem, but if it persists, you may want to check your supply lines for buildup and clogs, and make sure there’s no leak in a pipe that leads to the sink.
3. Clogged P-Trap
The P-trap is the P-shaped bend in the pipe underneath your kitchen and bathroom sink. It’s designed to prevent sewer gases and odors from coming up through the drain lines and releasing back into the room. If the trap gets clogged with soap, grease, or hair, then you could be left with a stinky sink that no one wants to use. It can be fairly easy to clean the P-trap, but if you feel uncomfortable, then one of our experienced plumbers can handle the task.
4. Clogged Drains
The problem may not lie with your P-trap, but with a clog further down your sink drain line. This can happen in bathroom sinks where too much hair finds its way down the drain, and in kitchen sinks with garbage disposals. Sink plungers and drain cleaners can often do the trick of unclogging the drain, but if the problem persists, then it’s a good idea to call a reputable plumbing company.
5. Broken Counter Seal
When your sink was installed, there was a seal placed around the edge of the sink where it meets the countertop. This is usually down with white or clear caulking, depending on the look you wanted. Over time, that seal can break down or chip away, which can lead to a number of problems. Water that’s splashed or spilled over the edge of the sink can find its way into the cracks, and can damage your countertop. Laminate counters can withstand some water, but if water drips underneath the sink, it can create problems. If you’re thinking about replacing your sink, we can help you choose a new option.
These five problems are those that occur most often with kitchen and bathroom sinks, but that doesn’t mean they are the only ones that can pop up. If you notice something strange with one of your sinks, or you come home and find that water has filled the cabinet underneath the sink, call Spartan right away. We’re proud to provide Tacoma and the surrounding area with expert plumbing services, and we offer 24/7 emergency help to take care of those issues that can’t wait til morning.