Kitchen Plumbing Tips—Ensure Your Pipes Run Smoothly With DIY Maintenance

Kitchen sinks, garbage disposals, and dishwashers are extraordinarily important in our daily lives—without them things like cooking and washing dishes would be a lot harder. No matter how much use your kitchen gets, it’s important to maintain your plumbing. We hope to make your life easier and to save you money by avoiding plumbing problems with these helpful tips.

Call if you have a plumbing question or issue. Our licensed plumbers are ready to solve any plumbing problem—we even offer 24-hour emergency service throughout the Plymouth area for when things go wrong.

Keeping Your Garbage Disposal in Working Order

We all know garbage disposals can clog, wear out, and make weird noises. Here are a few things you should be aware of to keep yours in safe working order:

  • Never put things such as liquid grease down your garbage disposal. Grease can solidify in your pipes and cause backups in your kitchen sink.
  • When grinding food, run cold water to solidify minimal amounts of grease and oils—this allows them to be chopped up before they go down the drain. Let the cold water run for at least 15 seconds after the disposal is done grinding and switched off to flush any remaining particles down the drain.
  • Don’t put foods down the disposal that are hard to grind such as corn husks, coffee grounds, artichokes, or a large amount of potato peels.
  • Use and clean your disposal often—lack of use can cause your garbage disposal to rust and corrode. To clean it, grind lemon and orange rinds with a small amount of liquid dish detergent and cold running water for at least 30 seconds.

NOTE: Never put your hand down the disposal to remove food or other objects. Unplug the disposal, switch the breaker ‘off’ for that area of the home, and consider using a tool like pliers to safely remove the object.

Maintaining a Hardworking Dishwasher

We encourage customers to maintain their dishwasher as best they can—they can save you a lot of time and make your life easier. Proper maintenance can ensure your dishwasher cleans effectively and operates efficiently for years to come.

  • Before you start your dishwasher, run your sink water until it’s hot to the touch—doing so ensures your first dishwasher fill cycle will be hot instead of cold.
  • To clean the inside of your dishwasher, simply pour a cup of white vinegar into the bottom of your empty dishwasher and run a normal cycle. This method of cleaning will eliminate foul odors and remove old food particles that can cause clogs.
  • Use a hot soapy rag to clean the seals around the gasket in your dishwasher and around the soap dispenser. These areas are great at collecting food particles and other things that then make their way into the dishwasher.

Cleaning Everything PLUS the Kitchen Sink

Your kitchen sink most likely gets the most use on a day-to-day basis. Here are some tips to keep it clean and draining properly:

  • Make sure you are cleaning your kitchen drain at least once a month to prevent clogs and backups. Purchase a drain cleaner or try liquid dish detergent and boiling water. The boiling water melts built-up grease while the detergent dissolves it to wash it away more easily.
  • Consider placing a strainer over your kitchen drain to prevent food from entering the garbage disposal and drain. This can prevent serious clogs and drain backups.
  • If you’re experiencing low water pressure or water leaks from the handle of your faucet, you most likely need to clean the aerator on your faucet. Remove the aerator from the faucet and use vinegar to remove the lime or calcium buildup.