Kitchen Sink
Questions And Answers

 

Reader Question: What is the standard size of a kitchen sink?

Answer: Most base cabinets are 36 to 42 inches high and 25-1/4 to 26 inches wide. A typical 33-by-22-inch sink will fill a 36-inch base cabinet.

 

Reader Question: What can I use to unclog my kitchen sink?

Answer: The best products on the market are Liquid Plumr Professional Strength and Drano Max. Drano Dual Force and Liquid Plumr Professional Strength Hair Clog Eliminator for stubborn clogs. A natural way to unclog is to force 1 cup of baking soda into your drain followed by 1 cup of vinegar. Place stopper to keep mixture in the drain where it can move the clog. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Flush with hot water. Doing this regularly can also keep your kitchen sink from clogging in the first place.

 

Reader Question: What causes low hot water pressure in the kitchen sink?

Answer: There are many causes, but generally low hot water pressure is usually due to a leak or blockage. Check to see if the flow is low only in the kitchen sink or if it is low in all the house’s sinks. If they all suffer from low flow, there is a blockage close to the hot water heater. If the flow is good elsewhere, the problem is in the kitchen sink’s faucet.

 

Reader Question: What kind of caulk is best for use with the kitchen sink?

Answer: For the joint between the counter top and the tiles, you can use any flexible, preferably mold resistant, caulking from your local hardware store. You should also be able to find it in a color that matches your grout. For the joint between the sink and the bench, use a clear, waterproof, flexible one.

 

Reader Question: What size undermount sink is best for a 33″ cabinet?

Answer: For an undermount, you’re looking at a 24″ sink in order to have enough room to epoxy/insert hardware for it. However, you may be able to get a 30″ sink if you top mount it.

 

Reader Question: Why is my kitchen sink gurgling?

Answer: Most of the time, it’s a result of a blocked drain or vent pipe; in extreme cases a collapsed or damaged pipe can cause gurgling as well. First try using an unclogging solution before looking for another cause.

 

Reader Question: Why does my kitchen sink smell badly?

Answer: There are 2 most common kitchen sink smells. The odor of rotting food from junk stuck in the garbage disposal or drain and a sewer smell from gas leaking in through the drain trap or vent. Periodically use a baking soda and vinegar (1 cup each) mixture to keep food from becoming stuck and to help ensure no odors.

 

Reader Question: What is a composite kitchen sink?

Answer: Composite is a recipe of resin, acrylic, and natural stone combined together and the quantity of each material can vary. Each composite sink material has its own special properties and are typically described as being easy to clean and more hygienic, as well as resistant to heat, scratches, stains and impact.

 

Reader Question: What are kitchen sinks made of?

Answer: Kitchen sinks are made of a variety of materials, but the majority are made of stainless steel, porcelain or enamel over cast iron, composite, copper, or glass.

 

Reader Question: What size drain pipe does a kitchen sink need?

Answer: Some older sinks may have drains that connect to a 1 1/4-inch tailpiece, but most modern drains have a 1 1/2-inch outlet. All the pipes that connect to the tailpiece, including the P-trap assembly and all the horizontal extensions, are either 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

 

Reader Question: How do you turn the water off under the kitchen sink?

Answer: To shut off a faucet, first look for a stop valve that’s connected to the water supply tubes, located directly under the fixture. This is normally a chrome-plated or plastic valve. Beneath a sink, one serves hot water and one serves cold. Turn the handle clockwise to shut off a valve.

 

Reader Question: How do you get rid of gnats around a kitchen sink?

Answer: Clean your garbage disposal with ice cubes and lemon peel. Run plenty of water through the disposal as you clean it. Gnats like to live in the food particles that build up in garbage disposals. Pour 1 cup of ammonia into your garbage disposal and/or kitchen sink.

 

Reader Question: What kind of sink is best for kitchens?

Answer: This is, for the most part, a personal preference. The best sink for any kitchen is one that fits the space and is adequate for not only the amount of people living in the household, but also for the amount of tasks that will be performed in the kitchen sink. Each individual will need to research in order to discern which kitchen sink will work best in their own individual kitchen.

 

Reader Question: How do you choose a kitchen sink?

Answer: This question does not have a straightforward answer; there are too many variables. You choose a kitchen sink based on many variables, such as how much room there is, how it must be mounted, budget, personal preferences, materials, textures, colors, and so. The best way to choose a sink is by first deciding on a budget. Then measure to find which size of kitchen sink your kitchen will allow. Once you’ve measured, you’ll need to recognize which type of mounting it will need. Then you can start shopping within your budget for the kitchen sink you like best.

 


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