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FAQ: Can I Fix My Own Kitchen Sink?

Monday, May 28th, 2018 at 11:00 am

Professional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.Well, it depends on what exactly is wrong. If we’re talking about a dripping faucet, then you can likely purchase a small part and replace it on your own. But there are some issues where you really need a professional. Take clearing a drain clog, for instance. You may think that this is something you can do on your own, but in order to prevent unexpected sink repair in Olympia, you really need professional assistance.

“But wait, can’t I just use a store-bought drain cleaner?” We get it, this is the instinct of many a homeowner when a drain clog forms. But this is not a good way to deal with drain clogs.

The Side Effects of Store-Bought Drain Cleaners

The reason these “solutions” seem effective at first is that the majority of them use corrosive chemicals to do the job. These chemicals do eat through whatever is clogging the pipes. So if you have FOG (fats, oils, and grease—a common occurrence in kitchen sinks) blocking up the drain, this will help. Or at least, it will help for a little while.

The thing is, whatever was causing the clog isn’t eliminated with liquid drain cleaner, and as a result, will build back up, and you’ll find yourself using the drain cleaning solution again in a few short months. The problem with this, though, is that prolonged use of chemical drain cleaners degrades the drain pipe itself, to the point that it will likely need replacement years earlier than it otherwise would have.

The chemicals typically found in these drain cleaners aren’t good for your family, either. The fumes alone can cause illness, and if you accidentally get any in your eyes or mouth, you could face serious consequences.

The solution to drain cleaning is hiring a professional. We have the right methods and tools to effectively remove drain clogs and prevent further clogs from forming in the future. This isn’t the only cause of kitchen sink problems, though.

Know the Risks of Hard Water

Hard water is water with the presence of the minerals calcium and magnesium. These minerals are not harmful to ingest, so you don’t need to worry about that. However, they are harmful to your plumbing system. They cause limescale to build up, which eats at your plumbing, causing it to corrode.

Also, hard water affects the condition of the dishes you wash, clothes you wash, and even impacts how your skin and hair feel after a shower. Overall, hard water has a negative impact on your quality of life. It can be resolved with a professionally installed water softener, which will protect your plumbing and improve your water quality.

The Best Way to Fix Your Kitchen Sink

Whether you believe your piping has corroded, you have a stubborn sink drain clog, or you have a leak that you can’t fix on your own, the best way to fix your kitchen sink is by calling in a professional. We have the training and expertise to ensure that the job is done right the first time.

Brooks Plumbing Co. is an established local company with over twenty years of experience providing plumbing services in and for our community. Contact us today for superior plumbing services

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