How to Prevent Clogs in Your Kitchen Sink

Your kitchen sink is one of the most heavily trafficked areas in your home, where you prepare meals each day and get water for keeping the kitchen (and your hands) clean. Kitchen clogs are among the most common plumbing calls here in Huntsville, TX, and if you experience one, we’d strongly advise calling in a professional instead of trying to fix the problem yourself. But better than calling a repair session is preventing the clog in your kitchen sink to begin with, which you can accomplish with a little judicious attention and some timely preparedness.

Watch What You Put in Your Garbage Disposal

Foods particles are far and away the most common causes of clogs in your kitchen sink, and while your garbage disposal is set up to take care of most food particles, there are some that can cause serious issues. They include (but are not limited to) bones, fruit pits, fibrous vegetables such as potatoes and celery, coffee grounds, past and rice, and hot oils or fats. Toss them in the garbage instead of throwing them down the drain, or in the case of hot fats or grease, storing them in a used can until they’ve cooled before disposing of them in the trash.

Perform a Little Self Cleaning

Periodic self-cleaning of your pipes is an excellent preventative measure, and can be conducted with just a little effort. Every time you use the sink, run hot water down the drain to help flush food particles and keep the pipes clear. Add potency to that punch by placing a handful of baking soda down the drain several times a week, then rinsing it with hot water. Or pour a cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for half an hour before flushing it with hot water.

For more serious plumbing concerns, give the pros at Ardon Maintenance a call today!

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