Uh oh, it’s happened again. You’re peacefully scrubbing dishes when you notice that the soapy water in the sink has risen and come to a halt. If you’ve ever clogged the sink in your home, you are well aware of how frustrating this situation can be. Whether unclogging the drain is an easy fix or requires the help of a plumbing professional, clogged drains don’t have to be a frequent occurrence in your home. Here are some easy things you can do to prevent your sink from clogging:
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Watch What Goes In
This may seem like a no-brainer, but oftentimes we forget that not everything can safely go down the sink—especially if you don’t have a garbage disposal. To prevent your drain from clogging, practice being mindful of everything that goes in the sink and down the drain. Drain stoppers are convenient tools that can help stop excess waste before it ends up down drain!
What not to put down your kitchen drain:
– Coffee grounds
– Produce stickers
– Cooking oils, fats and grease
– Large amounts of hair
Run Hot Water after Each Use
Oils are common culprits of clogged drains. Unfortunately, since oils appear similar to water, many of us assume that they are safe to put down the drain. However, oils can solidify and stick to the interior surface of the drain pipes and cause build up over time. This can ultimately lead to sluggish drains and clogs. Luckily, you can combat this by running hot water after you use your sink. Simply allow warm or hot water to run down the drain for about 30 seconds. Be careful to not use boiling water, as this can be too hot for the drains to handle.
Vinegar + Warm Water
Vinegar is a miracle worker and can be used in place of many household cleaners so it’s not surprising that it can help prevent sink clogging too. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which helps to naturally remove organic buildup in pipes and drains. All you have to do is pour one cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Call the Professionals at Climate Design
If you’re having difficulty with a clogged drain, contact the professionals at Climate Design today. We will quickly and efficiently unclog the affected drain and help you prevent clogs from happening in the future. To schedule an appointment with one of our trained technicians, contact us today, or read more helpful AC and plumbing blogs!