Sink Repairs and Installations
Whether you’re building a new home from the ground up or want to do some renovations, finding the right type for your bathroom and kitchen can be more complicated than it seems.
There are many different types to choose from, and each has its own unique features and design that can dramatically impact the aesthetic of your home as well as technical features including installation costs and water usage.
Common Sink Plumbing Problems
Even with a new sink, you may run into some common problems that require a professional repair. Going with a professional is usually better than trying to fix things yourself for a few reasons.
First and foremost, a professional is able to identify underlying causes that you may miss. If you only patch up a problem but don’t address the actual issue, you may face greater damage down the line and, as a result, more expensive repairs.
A professional repair also comes with a warranty, so if something breaks, you won’t be faced with massive damages you can’t afford to fix on your own. You’ll also get some solid sink maintenance and plumbing tips from a friendly technician that can help prevent further issues from arising in the future.
Below are a few of the most common problems you may encounter and how we can help fix them.
If you notice a leak it means one of two things: Water is dripping from the faucet when it’s turned off or there is water leaking from the actual pipes underneath it. Both problems may be as easy to resolve as tightening a screw or two, but in some cases, you may need to replace a faucet head or have a pipe repaired.
Bathroom drains encounter a lot of dirt, soap, dead skin and hair. Naturally, they’re prone to clogs that cause water to fill up the basin and even overflow. While you can buy some over-the-counter drain cleaning products, these aren’t recommended. Store-bought drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can weaken the exterior of your pipes when used often.
If your sink is clogged frequently, even after you’ve cleaned it out, you may have a blockage somewhere else in the pipes that require a professional removal.
Water Backing Up
If water drains but then water bubbles back up into the basin, chances are there’s an issue with the drain line. Any water coming up in a kitchen or bathroom sink indicates a clog somewhere in the drain line.
You may even encounter a situation where water backs up when another appliance is running; if this is the case, there is most likely a blockage in the shared drain line that needs cleared.
No Hot Water
When water won’t stay hot or takes a long time to heat up, you most likely have an issue with your water heater. Sometimes, the hot water valve on the sink is shut off and simply needs to be turned back into the on position.
Choosing the Right Kitchen Sink
Whether it’s in your kitchen, bathroom or a home workshop, choosing the right sink can be boiled down to three factors: material, size and added features. Materials vary by design and function; for example, most kitchen sinks are either easy-to-wash stainless steel or an enamel-coated solid iron.
These are designed for both cooking and cleaning, so you can anticipate the added space to reflect in the cost of the item itself and installation. If you tend to use a lot of pots, pans and dishes in your home, then an undermount with two basins may be ideal.
You may even consider buying a kitchen sink that has double basins of varying sizes; one is deeper and wider, perfect for soaking cookware and rinsing vegetables, while the smaller one can be used to hand-wash items in the smaller one.
For additional features, some of the most popular kitchen add-ons include a removable drain rack, slidable workstation and built-in cutting board, sound-absorption pads and touchless technology.
Finding the Right Bathroom Sink
You may know the frustration of a shallow bathroom sink all too well; washing your face and brushing your teeth leave the counter covered in water. When you look for a new one, size should be the first consideration. Does your bathroom feature two sinks or just one? Maybe you don’t mind sharing, or perhaps you want to upgrade your space and add another one.
The shape and slope of the basin will be the most important detail in this instance. There should be ample space for water to easily run around the basin and into the drain without splashing up and hitting you or the countertop.
Underrim bathroom counters are the easiest to clean, but you may prefer the aesthetic of a pedestal or integrated sink that is built into your countertop. There are also steep above-sink basins that can make eye-catching additions to any bathroom interior.
Once more, touchless faucets are a nice add-on to consider. These will make it less messy and more convenient for you to get ready in the morning and unwind after a long day. You should also consider adding some water-saving aerators that control the flow flow and reduce your flow rate to help you save money.
You may wonder when it’s time to start calling a plumber and fixing things yourself and invest in an upgraded sink. You may find yours is no longer visually appealing, especially if you’ve been doing some remodeling and are updating the design of your kitchen or bathroom.
From a technical standpoint, it may be time to consider a new installation if you are repeatedly having to conduct the same repair. Outdated hardware that is impossible to repair or replace, mold or rust and damaged pipes are all strong indicators that it’s time to start browsing the market for a new, updated model.
If you need a sink repaired or replaced give us a call today for a free estimate.