Ugh! There is something quite frustrating about dealing with a clogged drain – regardless of what room of the house it is in. And, while this can occur anywhere there is a sink or tub, it often seems that the kitchen drain is the most likely place for a clog to occur. But thankfully, that is also one of the simplest places to minimize the risk of a clogged drain.
Since the beginning of the world of plumbing, dealing with a stopped up drain has been a part of its convenience – but it is a fair price to pay for not toting water inside for the hundreds of task made easier by. simply turning on a faucet. So, to make it easier for you to maintain your residences plumbing system, it is vital that you learn how to keep problems such as stopped up plumbing lines and clogs as a low risk occurrence. These tips can help.
- Never pour grease down the drain. Pour excess grease into a jar that can be poured out, then use a dry cloth or paper towel to wipe out any grease still in the pan.
- Dispose of items like chemicals, paint, and other items properly. Pouring them down the drain can not just cause it to become clogged, but harsh chemicals can also cause deterioration within the plumbing system and result in leaks and other plumbing problems.
- If you do not have a garbage disposal, then get drain strainer in your kitchen sink to help keep the food out of the pipes.
- Don’t force food items down the disposal. Large pieces should be thrown in the trash or compost rather than forced into the drain.
- If you have a septic tank, have met cleaned by a professional at least once every 2 to 3 years.
- Once a week, pour a kettle of boiling water down each of the drains. This is especially important for the kitchen as it will breakdown any collected build-up.
- Clean out the drain traps and remove any hair or other types of “lint” that may have built.
- At least once a month, pour 1 cup of baking soda down each drain – tub, sinks, stand up shower – followed by one cup of white vinegar. After the chemical process has happened, pour one cup of salt down each drain, then run hot water down the drain for several minutes to help continue the cleaning process.
Using these tips can mean the difference between dealing with a backed up, clogged drain, and not having to be concerned that the sink won’t drain when you need it to. Make them habits and then rest assured that you have done your part to minimize the need for a plumber.