Tips for Keeping Your Kitchen Sink Clog Free
Clogged kitchen sinks are a pain for every homeowner. A clogged sink slows down the meal preparing process and the cleanup process as well. Rarely, if ever, does anyone have time for the kitchen sink to back up. Here are some tips that will help keep your drains running smoothly.
It’s best to avoid putting food scraps into the drain. Coffee grounds, cooking grease and fat that you’ve trimmed off meat can accumulate in the drainpipes and lead to blockages. Put a drain strainer in the sink to keep the food out. Always avoid pouring grease or oil down the sink. Grease can lead to a clog because it often sticks to the inside of the pipes. A good habit to get into is to pour a kettle of boiling water once a week into the drain. This will help to melt away any grease or fat that has collected inside the pipes.
Other troublemakers for drains are banana peels, potato skins and eggshells. These food types are thick and/or sticky, and most garbage disposals can’t grind them well. If the food you are considering sending to the disposal is questionable, it’s best just to put it in the trash. Be sure to run cold water when you are using the garbage disposal. The flow of water helps to carry the waste material completely through the drainage system, thus allowing for an unclogged drain.
When sinks are prone to clogs, water alone isn’t usually enough to clean the pipes. A good practice is to use bleach once a month to disinfect the pipes and dissolve clogs. Before you go to bed, pour 12 ounces of bleach down the drain. Let the bleach sit in the pipes. In the morning, flush the drain thoroughly with water from the faucet.
If your preference is to not use chemicals such as bleach, you can get good results by using environmentally friendly, non-toxic household products. When your sink begins to drain slowly or develops a musty odor, pour a half of a cup of baking soda down the drain and then add a half of a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain and let the mixture work for about five minutes. Next, pour several cups of boiling water down the pipe to wash it clean. Vinegar and baking soda combined leave a sanitary sink.
Following these guidelines will help keep your drains free of clogs, but if you find water backing up into your kitchen sink, it’s drain-cleaning time! Please visit the website to learn more about drain cleaning services in Carlsbad.
About the Author:
Bob puts his many years of plumbing experience to good use by writing on various plumbing topics on his blog at Livejournal blog.
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