You may think you know everything about your bathroom and kitchen sink because the way it works seem to be very simple. But if many of us really do understand, then why do we always need to get a professional plumber to solve sink problems for us?
The truth is our sinks are more than just faucets supplying water and pipes allowing waste water to go out after we wash our hands or dishes. Our bathroom and kitchen sinks are also vital passage ways of human being’s basic need and we have to ensure their integrity in order to avoid water contamination inside our house.
How does it work?
Kitchen and bathroom sinks are composed of the basic fixtures we know – faucet, drain, and some pipes under. Basically, sinks are connected to our home water supply pipes and a series of plumbing pipes where waste water from the sink goes out to the sewers. Yes, you should have known by now that your sink, whether in the bathroom or in the kitchen is connected to the sewers. The good thing however, is that the structure is well-constructed in order to avoid dirt water or foul smell from coming into your house.
A series of fittings are connected to the sink drain in order to keep the water inside the pipes, not to overflow inside your house. These fittings include the gasket, locknut, and threaded couplings. The P-trap, which is the curved part of your plumbing pipes under the sink is a very vital component because it traps water therein to prevent any sewer smell from mixing in the equation. As you use your sink faucet, the water trapped therein changes constantly, preventing any foul smell from pestering you. From the P-trap into the exterior pipes go the waste water used up inside your house each day.
Why does it malfunction?
The common sink problems involve the faucet and the drain. A leaking faucet means that some parts of this fixture is malfunctioning, failing to stop water from coming out even when the faucet is turned off. Faucets leak as well when the inner parts tightening the handle gets rusty or broken.
The drain, however, fails to perform its job when grease, oil, dirt, and hair blocks it. This is very basic, but since time immemorial, hot water has always been a great help to solve sink drain clogs. Until now, it never fails. And if it does, then you’re facing a more serious plumbing problem for which you need to call a pro.
How should it be maintained?
Maintaining your kitchen and bathroom sinks can be as easy as using them responsibly. By doing some regular and simple maintenance tricks, you can rest assured that these fixtures will always do their job. Some of these steps include regularly checking garbage disposals for clogs. When water starts to go down slowly, you really need to start checking if your garbage disposal is alright.
Pipes under your sink have to be inspected at least once in six months to see if they need repairs or replacement. A small leak suggests a possibly bigger problem in the future so get ahead of yourself and let reliable plumbers inspect your sink.