Four Tips from Roto-Rooter to Maintain Kitchen Plumbing

Four Tips from Roto-Rooter to Maintain Kitchen Plumbing

The kitchen can be the heart of a home when family and friends gather together to eat, play games or visit. Plumbing problems in your kitchen can disrupt many of the pleasurable moments in life. Fortunately, there are many things you can do on your own to keep your kitchen running smoothly. Following are four recommendations from our Roto-Rooter plumbers.

Perform Regular Maintenance on Your Drains

Kitchen drains can get clogged very easily. To help prevent these clogs, do the following tasks on a regular basis:

  • Pour very hot water down the drains once a week. This water should be hotter than the water that comes out of your tap. The hot water will help loosen grease and grime so that it can flush down the line.
  • Use an environmentally safe drain maintenance product once a month. Roto-Rooter Pipe Shield® coats the interior of the pipes and prevents clogs from building up in the drain lines. It’s simple to apply, economical and will not harm your drains.

Never Put Grease down the Drain

You should never put grease down any drain in your house, including the kitchen garbage disposer or the bathroom toilet. Many individuals believe that if they use a garbage disposer while rinsing excess fat and grease off of meat or pans, the disposer prevent clogs. This is not accurate. Even if the grease breaks the disposer into small pieces, the grease can still accumulate on the sides of the pipes.

Avoid Overusing the Kitchen Disposer

The garbage disposal was never meant to handle all the food that you can push into it. It was only designed to take care of food scraps. Heavy foods, even those broken into small pieces, can accumulate in the bottom of the p-trap. Starchy foods can swell and block a pipe. Scrape excess food and peelings into trash can instead of the sink.

Avoid Putting Certain Items in the Disposer

There are some things you should always avoid putting in the disposer, even in small quantities. They can jam disposal blades, sink to the bottom of the p-trap, or get snagged on grease, hair and other problems farther down the line. Unless you want to call a Roto-Rooter plumber, don't put the following items in the disposer:

  • Eggshells
  • Bones
  • Potato peelings
  • Fibrous foods such as celery and pumpkin pulp
  • Grape stems
  • Bits of glass, plastic and metal
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