The kitchen is still the heart of most homes, it is the one place that everyone crosses paths and even spends quality time together.

Unfortunately, because of the amount of traffic passing through this is also the space that takes the most abuse. That’s why your kitchen plumbing is likely to need work before the rest of your home.

Here are 7 signs that you need to have the number for an emergency plumber in Sydney ready.

Pressure drop

Pressure drop
This can be considered an issue at any faucet in your home. If you’ve noticed a sudden pressure drop then you need to check if water work is being done in the area or you’ve sprung a leak.

You can check for water leaks by shutting off all your appliances and checking your water meter, it shouldn’t move.

If this isn’t the issue you may have a mineral and sediment buildup on the inside of your pipes, you’ll need to flush or replace them.

Dripping faucet

This can be incredibly annoying as well as surprisingly wasteful. Fortunately, this is often caused by a damaged washer.

Shutting off the water supply and unscrewing the top of your faucet will allow you to see, remove, and replace the washer.

You’ll need to make sure the new one is seated properly to avoid making the issue worse!

Slow drainage

water flowing from faucet into sink drain
This is your sign that there is an issue, if you ignore it then you’re likely to end up with a clogged drain!

Not draining at all shows there is a clog, slow draining means the clog is building but not yet complete.

In both cases, you can try a drain snake or a plunger to see if this shifts the clog. Alternatively, you can remove the trap under the sink to make sure it is clean and clear.

If these solutions don’t work, then it’s time to call the plumber.

Damp Patches In Cupboard

This is specifically talking about the cupboard under your sink. A damp patch in this cupboard indicates you have a leaking pipe of joint. This is generally caused by corrosion although it is worth checking that the joints are tight.

If you have compression joints you can even attempt to tighten them.

Unfortunately, if corrosion is the cause, the pipes and the valves/joints are going to need to be replaced.

Thumping Noise

When you turn on the faucet and get a thumping noise you know there is an issue with your water supply. It is usually a result of air getting into the pipes.
Running the faucet may remove the air. However, if it doesn’t you’ll need to contact a plumber to locate the issue and resolve it.

Don’t delay with this one, the banging will put a strain on the pipes and joints, potentially causing a leak.

Hot Water Missing

If you’re missing hot water at your faucet then you probably have a problem with your hot water tank.

The tank may need to be flushed to get rid of mineral buildup. It could also have a failing heater element. You’ll probably want a professional to check this out for you.

Dishwasher Leaking

Dishwasher Leaking
There are many things that can go wrong with a dishwasher that is not connected with your plumbing system. However, if the seals seem intact then you should check the supply line and drainage points. Blockages or damage can cause the water to end up on the floor not where it should be.

If you spot any of these issues then it’s best to repair them as soon as possible, they will only get worse.