Kitchen plumbing can deal with a variety of unique challenges and problems, from seemingly random puddles and appliance malfunctions to low water pressure and draining speed. Here are some common problems to look out for and how a professional plumber can assist you with them.

Puddles on the Floor

Puddles that seem to randomly show up on your kitchen floor can come from a few different places. The less serious possibility is that your freezer's drain is clogged. Freezers need to be able to drain moisture that accumulates on the inside; if moisture can't drain, it freezes at the bottom of your freezer, and when it melts it drips out from underneath your freezer and onto your floor.

Another possibility is a slab leak. This is more serious but less common. You're more likely to have a slab leak if the floor is constantly wet rather than only sometimes, and if the water is farther from your freezer. In either case, contact a plumber for a swift inspection.

Malfunctioning Garbage Disposal

Plumbers can also help you troubleshoot a variety of problems with your garbage disposal. If it doesn't turn on, if it's making a strange grinding sound, or even if it just smells bad, a plumber can help take care of it.

Depending on the issue, you can take some steps to try to fix it just in case the solution is simple. For example, if your disposal won't turn on, you can try resetting the unit itself by looking for a reset button. You can also try resetting the circuit breaker. If the disposal makes a humming noise but otherwise won't do anything, use a flashlight to look down inside for obstacles or clogs.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure at individual sinks, as opposed to throughout your house, can be caused by a few different things. One common cause is a dirty or clogged aerator, and another is a clogged plumbing vent. If the problem seems relegated to just your kitchen faucets, these might be the causes you're after.

If the problem seems broader, your plumber can also check your home's water pressure and make adjustments as necessary.

Clogged Sink Drain

Kitchen sinks are especially prone to clogging, and this can come from something large and isolated like a food item, or something more widespread, such as a buildup of gunk on the inside of your drain pipes. A plumber can assist you with all kinds of clogs and slowdowns. Professional help is especially important in cases of older pipes with buildups on the inside, since special equipment may need to be used to clear the gunk away. This is preferable to drain cleaners, which can cause damage and be especially hard on old pipes. If you have stubborn clogs that won't go away, or only seem to get better for short periods of time, ask a plumber to take a thorough look for you.