Avoiding Kitchen Drain Clogs

Not much is more frustrating in the kitchen or bathroom than a drain clog.  When you slowly see running the water in the sink start to fill up when there is no plug in sight. You check the drain for bits of food and to see if anything is covering the drain itself, but there’s nothing there. There are a few options still at this point. You can try a plunger or even removing the elbow of the sink to clean it out but what if you can’t find the clog? This is about the time that you call in a plumber to fix the problem.

There are ways to help keep your sink from clogging up in the first place. How could you have avoided this? What should you have done to keep this from happening?

Your kitchen sink gets a lot of use within a single day; more so if you have a garbage disposal. We are going to list a few ideas on how you can keep this from happening without pouring toxic chemicals down your drain. (Those chemicals can sometimes manage to eat through the clog but they’re eating through your pipes as well).

  1. Grease

This is one of the worst things that you can pour down any drain. Time and again we see that people honestly think that it’s ok to dump their cooking grease down the drain. It’s not a great idea. Sure, you run hot water down the drain behind the grease, but that’s not going to help. It appears harmless thinking that you’re only pouring a little bit down the drain from the bacon that you just cooked. However, a little bit of grease is still going to build up. The grease coats the drain and it will build up no matter how much hot water you dump in with it.

**Tip: Dump your grease into a metal can or thick canning jar and let it cool (solidify) before emptying it into the trash and recycling the can. Some people prefer saving it for the next time that they cook. It is best to just avoid the cooking grease build-up altogether.

  1. Joint Compound, Cement, Sand, or Grout

There may be times when you need to use these types of products for work around your house. When you rinse out what you’ve been using to mix it or apply it, it’s still going to set, even with water. Sand especially can cause problems because it will eventually settle into your traps and pipes. Sand is heavy so it’s not just going to flow right down the drain and out of the house.

**Tip: Instead of rinsing out these items in the kitchen sink, keep a container of rinse water handy so that you can clean your items. Once finished you can decant the water into an out of the way section of your yard and then dispose of the container.

  1. Sinks Without A Disposal

Not everyone scrapes their bowls and plates. This is just a fact of life. For those moments when plates aren’t scraped properly on the side of the sink without a disposal; having a drain strainer is very important. This will help you to keep food from getting trapped in the pipes.

** Tip: Consider putting drain screens over all of your drains. This will keep the food, hair, soap scum, and more from getting clogged in your pipes.

  1. Garbage Disposals

Even though you have a garbage disposal, there are still certain things that shouldn’t be thrown into it. Bones are the obvious one, but the not so obvious types of food are eggshells, coffee grounds, potato skins, lemon seeds, and banana peels. They won’t grind well and some of them can seriously clog up your drains over time.

**Tip: When using your disposal, always run cold water into the disposal and not hot water. The water will ensure that your waste will be carried down through the system.

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