One of the most common problems that people face in their everyday lives is a clogged kitchen drain. Having a clean and working kitchen sink is essential if you want to be able to prepare your food and wash your dishes safely and comfortably, which is why when the drain clogs up, it will become a very unpleasant task to get rid of the dirty water that backflows and you will be left with a useless sink and horrible smells in your kitchen. The truth is, it is quite common for food scraps, soap, grease, hair and other debris to accumulate inside your kitchen drain, and it is necessary to practice proper kitchen habits in order to avoid clogs and keep everything working smoothly.
There are a few things we tend to do regularly in our kitchen that are the top culprits for kitchen sink clogs, and that we should be aware of to avoid getting clogged drains. Follow these tips that will help you make small changes in your habits to not have to deal with a blocked sink again:
- Do not pour oil down the sink
One of the most common reasons for which your kitchen sink can clog is due to grease building up around the sides of the pipes and is restricting water flow. It is especially important that you never pour oil down your drain, since it will not only most likely clog up the drain, but it is also contaminating hundreds of gallons of drinkable water. Instead, wait for the oil to cool down and place it in a sealable bag or container, and throw it away in the trash.
- Do not throw fatty scraps or coffee grounds down the sink
Another bad habit we tend to have is to throw away food scraps down the drain when we are cooking, or coffee grounds after having our morning coffee. Even if you have a garbage disposal, you should not throw fatty trimmings you have taken from meat down the sink because their grease will still stick around the pipes. Always throw away coffee grounds and all other food scraps in the trashcan.
- Throw away food scraps before washing the dishes
A step we must never ignore whenever we rinse the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, or washing them by hand, will be to always scrape off remaining food first. Throw the remains in the trashcan and rinse the dishes off.
- Place sink strainers over the drain
If you do not have a garbage disposal, and even if you do, your sink will greatly benefit from having strainers put in to catch larger scraps of food and prevent them from accumulating in the drain. This single step might solve most of your clog problems, and it is extremely easy to simply grab the strainer and throw away the accumulated scraps in the trash.
- Do not use harmful chemical drain cleaners
If you are already facing a clogged drain, avoid using chemical products that not only not work to clear clogs efficiently, but could also slowly wear down the insides and erode through cast-iron pipes, which could lead to cracks and leaks. Instead, pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup regular white vinegar. Immediately cover the drain using a plug, a Tupperware lid, or a small plate. Let the solution sit for about 30 minutes, in which the bubbles and foam produced by the mix will dissolve the gunk inside the drain. Remove the cover and rinse the drain down by running hot water for 2-3 minutes. You can use this solution to clear out and even regularly clean any kind of drain in your home, and it will not emit any harmful fumes or damage your pipes. If you are dealing with worse clogs, you can purchase a very easy to use and inexpensive manual auger that you can insert into your drain, turn a few times, and pull out along with most of the filth inside. Most of the times this should take care of the issue. You can also try setting a big bucket under the U-shaped pipe under your sink (the trap), loosen the nut and detach it to pour out all its contents. It is not a complicated part to connect and disconnect, so you will not need to call your plumber for this one.
If you do not want to have to deal with funky smells in your kitchen or a full-blown flooded sink, these tips will help you prevent blockages from forming in your drain. These tips will not require you to have special skills or to spend lots of money on repairs, but if you are not able to solve your clogged drain problem by your own means, your professional plumbing service is ready to provide you with plumbers that have the necessary tools and abilities to clear any kind of blockage, and will be able to better guide you in determining how to best prevent clogs from forming in your home.
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