Simple Tips to Avoid Clogs in the Kitchen Sink

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If the kitchen sink backs up due to a clog in the pipe, then your dinner plans will quickly be derailed. Even though occasional plumbing problems happen in a home, there are a few things that you can do to minimize the risk of clogged sinks.

These tips help you avoid the smell of a stinky sink and disposal while protecting your kitchen from a frustrating clog in the pipes.

  • Be Selective: Even if you have a garbage disposal, you should always be selective about the items that are put down the drain. Anything that is fibrous or stringy should be put in the trash can instead of the disposal. For example, poultry skin, banana peels, celery, and potato peels should never go down the disposal.
  • Avoid Grease: If you have liquid grease, it shouldn’t be poured down the sink. Pour the grease into a can or jar to let it cool, then throw it in the garbage can. If you have congealed grease in the pan, then use a paper towel to wipe it out as much as possible before washing the pan.
  • Running Water: After the disposal is used, continue running cold water for another 15 seconds after turning off the disposal to flush the waste through the pipes.
  • Prevention: Maintain a regular schedule to clean the garbage disposal once a month. If you notice icky odors coming from the disposal, then you can grind a few lemon rinds. Also, run a combination of vinegar and baking soda through the drain for cleaning.
  • Avoid Drain Cleaners: While it might seem like a good idea to use a chemical drain cleaner, these products can damage the pipes. Instead of using harsh chemicals, it is better to call a plumbing expert for assistance.

Whether you need help with your kitchen sink or you are having issues with other pipes in your house, our team is here to assist. We offer experienced plumbing and HVAC services, helping to keep your home comfortable and functional throughout the year. Call us with your questions: Wells Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning: (951) 375-6856.