How Plumbing Maintenance Can Prevent a Kitchen Drain Clog

How Plumbing Maintenance Can Prevent a Kitchen Drain Clog

Common Causes of Drain Clogs

Drain clogs are more than just an annoying nuisance. Over time, they can actually cause costly damage to your home’s plumbing, which will require a call to your local plumber.

Proper plumbing maintenance may require the use of quality plumbing products, such as drain-cleaning products. This can help to effectively clear out your drain, which will take care of any current problems and help to prevent future problems from occurring. Your plumber should be able to provide the reliable products you need, or at least recommend some products that will actually work to deal with the problem once and for all.

Grease

Pouring grease down the drain is never a good idea. Grease will solidify eventually, which will quickly cause a clog and can also generate rancid smells from the sink. Pouring hot grease directly into your trash is also not a good idea because it can burn through your trash bag or can. It will also likely stink up your kitchen.  Instead, pour grease into a container and then into the trash. You may also consider lining a bowl with aluminum foil, pouring the grease in, and then waiting. Once the grease has hardened, simply lift the foil out of the bowl and dispose of it. This will provide an easy cleanup and will help to protect your kitchen sink.

Food Particles

The garbage disposal can prove to be extremely helpful when you are cleaning or cooking. However, putting food and hard objects down the garbage disposal can spell trouble for your plumbing. The garbage disposal is intended to break up food into small particles so that they can slide down the drain more easily. However, over time, these little food particles will add up to form a large mass.

Pasta, rice, bones, and other items dumped down the drain can easily cause a clog over time. Pasta, rice, and bread can also expand in your drain, which will make the problem significantly worse.

Instead, empty your plates into the trash as much as possible. You may also consider putting a strainer in your sink, which can catch food and other items. You can then easily dump whatever is caught in the strainer into the trash, rather than down the drain.

You can also help to prevent and correct any drain clogs with good plumbing

maintenance. Your Roto-Rooter plumber can provide you with more information on what you can do to prevent clogs.

 
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