The kitchen… the heart of many homes, where friends and family congregate to catch up and enjoy each other’s company. A place where delicious, hearty food is made and sumptuous smells fill the air. That is, unless something goes wrong and you’re left with a stink you can’t shift or a broken boiler.
While many kitchen calamities require a call to the experts, small jobs can often be resolved without the need for paying the call-out fees. Kitchen plumbing from Dyno will always help to solve the problem without much fuss but with a little kitchen plumbing advice and top tips, you could deal with many smaller issues yourself.
There’s nothing worse than a blocked sink, especially the one in the kitchen, because of the associated smells and odours. A kitchen should be full of pleasant smells that please the olfactory senses, not a stench of rotting food and grime that has built up in the pipes.
Learn where your stopcock is – the valve that cuts off the main water supply – and take a look at your kitchen sink to see if you can solve the problem. Before contemplating taking the pipes apart, pour a cup of baking soda down the plughole and add some vinegar afterwards. The reaction between the two will fizz and bubble, helping to dislodge or break down any residual grime. This doesn’t always work, so be prepared to pour some bleach into the pipe and leave it overnight to try and get rid of the blockage.
If all else fails, locate the U-bend (the first bend in the pipe) and place a bowl or bucket underneath it. Unscrew the pipe and see whether you can shift the culprit manually. Re-fit, turn the water back on and flush through.
During your time in your home, you will likely have to replace the filter and/or bulb in the extractor hood of your cooker at least once. These are easy issues to fix and shouldn’t need engineers. If there’s a more serious issue, ask for help.
The rubber seal in the door may need to be replaced and washing the drawer can help to keep grime at bay. If there’s a blockage at any point, you may have to take the washing machine out and take a closer look at the waste pipes.
Many jobs at home don’t require an emergency call-out, but many people pay for the service because they’re not confident enough to tackle the issue themselves. Muster a little courage and you could save yourself cash where it’s needed.
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