Simple Ways To Avoid Kitchen Sink Clogs

kitchen sinkA clogged drain can be a real nuisance and in our warm climate it can also be a source of nasty odors. While there are plenty of places to call for kitchen plumbing services in Los Angeles when you need a clog removed, it’s easier and cheaper to prevent those clogs.

Protect Your Drains

Most drain clogs are caused by debris that should never have been washed down the drain in the first place. Fats and grease, including cooking oil, salad oil, butter, lard, and leftover fat from baking meat or fish, should never go down the drain. Instead, pour them into a container and throw them in the trash. Wipe greasy dishes with a paper towel before you wash them.

Coffee grounds can also cause clogs, even though they may appear to wash down. Old paint, medications, and other household products should go in the trash, not the drain.

If you have a garbage disposal, avoid using it for fibrous foods such as banana peels and celery, as well as for eggshells, bones, and soft foods such as pasta.

Place drain strainers over your drains to catch food debris, hair, and soap scum and thoroughly clean the strainers at least once a week.

Invest Time in Maintenance

No matter how careful you are about what goes down your drains, a certain amount of sludge will inevitably build up there. To prevent it from forming clogs, clean your drains once a month. Pour 3 or 4 Tbsp of liquid dish soap into your drain. Heat a pan of water to boiling, then pour it down the drain. Give the soap five minutes to work, then flush the drain with another pan of hot water.

Alternatively, pour in 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar, let the mixture work for five minutes, then flush the drain. This doesn’t work as well on grease clogs, though.

If you end up with a clog you can’t clear by yourself, contact a professional kitchen plumbing services in Los Angeles to avoid damaging your drain.