3 Tips To Prevent Kitchen Clogs

Posted on: 13 May 2016

You probably don't spend a ton of time thinking about your house's plumbing system, but that can change in a hurry as soon as a clog develops in your kitchen sink. Kitchen clogs can often be avoided if the homeowner just remembers to use a little common sense. Make sure you and your family keep the following tips in mind and you can hopefully avoid having to call a plumber to fix a major clog in your kitchen.

Give Your Disposal a Little Assistance

A leading cause of kitchen clogs is when people throw things down the drain and put the garbage disposal on but don't do enough to give it a helping hand. First, always run the water for 10 to 15 seconds both before and after running the disposal so that any debris will hopefully be washed away. Run your disposal for at least 20 seconds or longer every time you use to make sure that whatever you put down there is fully broken up or shredded. If you start to notice a smell, grinding ice cubes or orange rinds can help the problem.

Beware the Summer Cookout and Other Sources of Grease

A common mistake made when cooking greasy foods is to simply pour the leftover grease down the drain. This is one of the worst things you can do for a drain, however, as the grease will often act as glue inside the drain and pick up other food particles that will stick to it as they attempt to go down the drain. Make sure your entire family is disposing grease in the trash instead of the kitchen sink and enforce the same policy if you have friends or family coming over for a summer cookout or another event where greasy food will be served.

Clean the Drain Periodically With Baking Soda and Vinegar

You don't necessarily have to hire a plumber to clean out a kitchen drain. Two items you likely already have in your pantry can do the trick for cheap. Baking soda mixed with vinegar will cause a chemical reaction that will create a thick foam. If you notice your kitchen sink is draining a little slowly, put some baking soda down there and then pour vinegar on top of it. (Put a lid over the sink before the foam reaches the top so that the reaction stays down below.) This mixture can oftentimes remove grease, food particles and other issues that might be creating your problem.

Make sure your entire family is educated on how to properly dispose of food down the kitchen sink. This includes giving your garbage disposal enough time to shred food properly and making sure that you never let leftover grease from cooking end up in your sink. If a mixture of baking soda and vinegar does not fix your clogged drain, contact a local plumber for assistance or visit websites like http://www.bishopplumbing.com.

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