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Kitchen and Bathroom Sink Problems That Require a Plumber

Monday, January 9th, 2023 at 11:00 am

Your home’s kitchen and bathroom sinks are the workhorses of your house. They’re used multiple times throughout the day and despite their frequency of use, they rarely give you major problems. 

Although minor problems can be fixed by savvy homeowners, it’s important to know when to call for professional plumbing services in Olympia, WA. Sometimes calling in the pros is much easier–and cheaper!–than a DIY attempt.  

We often receive service requests for bathroom and kitchen sink issues that might seem simple, but that are really only easy for someone with the skills and expertise. Here are some examples of kitchen and bathroom sink issues where it’s better to call a plumber.

Stubborn Clogs

There are a couple of things homeowners can do to try and clear a stubborn clog in a bathroom or kitchen sink. They can use some “elbow grease” and plunge the sink. The savvy homeowner might try a hand-cranked drain snake but should definitely proceed with caution. 

If these don’t work, you might think the next step is to try chemical drain clog removers. However, we don’t recommend these. Drain “cleaners” are caustic and hazardous not only to your pipes but to your health as well. 

Instead of making multiple trips to the DIY home improvement store, give us a call or an email to request drain clog service. Professional plumbers have powerful tools such as motorized drain snakes and hydro-jetters at our disposal. We’ll not only remove the stubborn clog, but we’ll also help keep them from coming back.

Broken Garbage Disposal

Maybe you’ve seen a horror movie involving a garbage disposal. When they’re not working, a garbage disposal problem can be scary indeed when the result is a backed-up, stinky sink that prohibits you from cooking meals and washing dishes. 

Sometimes the garbage disposal’s reset button may need to be pressed to get the unit working again. This button should be underneath the garbage disposal unit. But any attempts at a DIY fix should stop right there. 

Whatever you do, don’t put your hands into the kitchen sink drain. Even if you think the power is turned off, this is a potentially dangerous situation. You don’t want to be the star in your own horror movie scenario. A professional plumber can quickly diagnose and fix a broken garbage disposal to get your kitchen up and running again.

Stinky Sinks

There are a few possible causes for stinky sinks in your home. There could be some organic build-up on the drainpipe walls. If you detect the smell of sewage coming from only one drain, the problem could be a dry p-trap. 

If you’re smelling sewage from all the sinks in your home, along with some clogs and gurgling sounds from the drains, this is a major problem. You’ll need to call professional plumbers to fix it right away. If left unchecked, it can cause sewage to flood into your home’s basement or foundations.

Water Leaking Around Sink Edges

Your bathroom and kitchen sinks should be tightly sealed down tight to their countertops. When these seals aren’t watertight, leaks can form around the edges. These leaks can create mold and mildew growth beneath your sink. You definitely don’t want mold growing in places where you can’t see it. A professional plumber can take care of this issue for you.

For professional plumbing services in Olympia, WA, contact Brooks Plumbing Co. today!

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