Treat Your Kitchen Drain With Respect

Posted on: 16 October 2015

Your kitchen sink undergoes a lot on a daily basis. If you aren't careful, then you can easily clog the sink and even cause damage to the plumbing further down in the system. If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink, then that is another concern you will have to worry about when it comes to keeping your system in good shape and free of clogs. This article will explain how to treat your kitchen plumbing and deal with any clogs that do occur.

What you can put down the sink

It's very important for you to do your best to only put water and soap down your kitchen sink. You should use a trash compacter or a trashcan for any scraps left on your dishes. If you are going to be putting liquids, such as soup broth, milk or sauce down the drain, then run the hot water and make sure to flush the liquids down with the running water so they get properly diluted.

If you have a garbage disposal in your sink, then you can put more down the drain, but you still want to be careful. The disposal allows you to put some of the scraps off your plate down the drain where the disposal will chop them up. However, things such as oil, grease, pastas, bones, skin, fat, fibrous foods and hard pieces of food should all still be thrown away.

Cleaning your sink

You want to be sure you keep your sink and drain as clean as possible. It's a very good idea to run hot water down the drain a few times a day. The hot water will help to break up any debris still in the drain and wash it down. When you clean your sink, consider using white vinegar. It will clean the sink and drain without causing an eventual breakdown of your pipes the way harsh chemicals can.

To clean your garbage disposal, you can pour a bit of white vinegar down it with some running water. Turn the disposal on and also add a handful of ice cubes down the disposal. The ice will help remove food particles stuck on the blades and keep them sharp.

How to unclog the drain

If your drain happens to clog, you should try putting very hot water down it. If this doesn't work, then you can move on to the next method. For this next method, you can pour a generous amount of vinegar down the drain, followed by about a tablespoon of baking soda. Leave the sink alone for a few minutes and the solution will fizz, breaking up the debris causing the clog. Turn on the hot water after a few moments and the drain should be better.

For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Clearwater Plumbing or a similar company.