A clog in your kitchen sink can be very frustrating. Since your kitchen is a central part of your daily life, you want to make sure that everything in it works smoothly. Here are some simple tips on how to prevent your Willow Grove kitchen sink from clogging:
Garbage Disposal Clogs
Not all garbage disposals are made the same. Some have powerful motors that can handle large amounts of food, while others are smaller and might jam or incompletely shred food if overloaded. With an older, less powerful unit, you probably want to be careful about the volume of food that you put down the drain. With all garbage disposals, make sure that you run water before and after use and that you don’t use it to dispose of hard or fibrous waste. A little care will significantly cut down on the risk of your disposal causing clogs in your sink.
You should never pour grease down your kitchen sink. Grease doesn’t mix with water, so it accumulates on the walls of the drain pipes. The grease will also trap hair and other debris, which can cause large clogs to develop. A professional Willow Grove plumber can clear up grease clogs, but it is best to avoid them entirely. When cooking, don’t dispose of cooking oil and grease down any of your drains. If you do need to dispose of liquid that contains a little grease down your sink, follow it with lots of hot water and dish detergent which will help prevent the grease from sticking to the pipes.
Other Things to Avoid
Hair can cause clogs in the sink, especially if combined with soap and grease. Even something like mopping the floor and pouring the dirty water down your kitchen sink can lead to hair accumulating in your pipes. Soap can also build up over time if it goes down the drain without water. It is better to dispose of soap and dirty mop water down the toilet, which has a larger diameter pipe drain.
Taking these simple precautions will cut down clogs and help keep your plumbing working smoothly. And if your sink does clog, you can always call the plumbing experts at Resolve Rooter!