How to keep a kitchen sink clog-free!

Did you know that the kitchen sink is the most used drain in the house? Unfortunately, the kitchen sink is also the most likely to get clogged. Most often, we see sink stoppages that are caused by the buildup of liquid fats, such as grease and oil.

 

How does your liquid fat result in a solid clog? These fats are carried through your pipes by warm dishwater. As the water cools on its way to the sewer, fatty deposits are left behind in the pipes. Small bits of food get caught up in these deposits and add to the blockage. Soon enough, your pipes may clog up from this accumulation of fats and food, and nobody likes a clogged pipe!

 

How can you avoid this problem? When cooking, its important to pour any excess oil or grease into a tin can and throw it out in the garbage. Or you can take a tip from the bacon-lovers out there and save your bacon grease to help flavor any pan-cooked meal.

 

 

Either way, you’re keeping the grease away from the sink and out of your drain. Another tip: pouring boiling water down the drain a couple times a week can help to prevent buildup. Your leftover hot pasta water is perfect for the job.

 

But sometimes it’s too late for prevention. For drains that are already clogged, professional plumbers can use a tool called a “closet auger” to unclog them.

 

 

First, your plumber will need to get under the sink, unscrew the pipe, and let the water drain. Then, with a bit of maneuvering, the plumber uses the closet auger tool to hook onto the clog and pull it out.

 

If your drain is already clogged, give us a call! We won’t leave until the job is done and your drain is clean and ready to tackle your next family meal.

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2 Comments to How to keep a kitchen sink clog-free!

  1. December 27, 2011 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    If it can be prevented, then it should be done. There are certain ways to make sure that grease do not harden in pipes or reach the sewage system and cause clogs. Your simple tips are helpful especially if sincerely followed. It’s difficult to have clogged pipes in a home or commercial area. Aside from the tips you’ve suggested, it is definitely good to have a plastic container with a lid where waste cooking oil can be stored. Since proper disposal is key, there are grease collection companies like one in Texas that gets your waste oil and transports them to a recycling plant. This is one way of helping households get rid of their waste oil safely!

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