Ways To Prevent A Blocked Kitchen Sink
October 15, 2019
You will most likely face a blocked drain sometime throughout your life and often it is at the worst possible time like when you have guests over or a hosting a meeting. You may not be able to fix every drain blockage you have. There are, however, some ways that you can prevent clogs and blockages.
Follow these few tips to ensure you keep your drain running freely:
When you are cleaning up after a meal run some hot water through the drain to prevent any grease from building up and suffering hard water deposits. Once a week you can put some baking soda and vinegar into the pipe let it sit for a few minutes then follow through with some boiling water.
Check the bathroom tub stoppers every few weeks for build-up of biofilm, soap residue and hair. Body oil will harden as more and more piles on top of it which will lead to a clogged drain. Your stopper might need to be replaced if it is cracked or suffering from wear and tear. Every few months fill your bathtub most of the way while the stopper is in then pull the stopped out which will flush the drain line due to the weight and volume of the water.
Ensure your home plumbing is checked by a professional either once every six months or once a year. They will check for drain build-ups that will lead to a clog and check the drain line is clear of cracks and major problems. Periodic inspections of the septic tank or main pipe to the sewer should be done. Roots can penetrate through the pipe and needs to be seen to asap before it leads into a bigger problem. You need to ensure you are carrying out regular inspections as roots can be entrenched within the drain line and this will need to be replaced.
For kitchen sinks ensure that you remove all the waste from the sinks and don’t go pouring coffee grinds into the sink. Steer clear of pouring grease, butter and cooking oil into the sink and ensure you have a stopper in place to catch food particles before they go down the drain.
All plumbers will tell you not to be using chemical cleaners to prevent clogs often. If you have metal pipes, these can corrode them. Enzyme and bacteria natural cleaners are the best to use. Not only are they safer to use around the house, they are also more environmentally friendly. Some have even taken it one step further by producing these natural remedies by using clean energy. Once you pour it down the drain it will create good bacteria that will work hard to destroy the bad bacteria that will start clogging the drains. When you use one of these do it at night-time when you go to bed as if there is water poured down before it has had time to work it is useless.
It can be time consuming and expensive every time you need to call a plumber out to your home to fix a clogged drain. Just by following a few tips like check what you are putting down the sink first, using natural cleaners and cleaning out the stoppers along with a check from a professional plumber every so often can ensure there will be no more constant calls to the local plumber for the same problem. Don’t risk causing further problems by not doing the correct thing.
That said, here are a few home remedies to clear up blockages that might come up in your own home. Do any one or more of these steps first before calling a plumber. If these solutions and calling a plumber do not help, the problem might lie in the main drainage line. At such cases, it is advised to contact a civil engineering professional which could point you to the right direction.
1. Boiling water
Using boiling water is the easiest way to clear clogs, and should be tried first before anything else. Put a pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil. As you’re waiting for the water to warm, remove as much standing water from the sink as possible, with a mug or small kettle to bail out the water. After that, pour the entire bottle of water into the sink and wait patiently. If the water stands at the sink and the clog doesn’t proceed, give the water time to cool and take action to test again. You might need to repeat the procedure several times to move the clog, but this frequently works on many types of stoppage.
Check to make sure it is not your garbage disposal that is causing the problem. A clogged disposal can stop up the drain, therefore run the disposal to find out if that clears the clog. Then inspect it to make sure it’s functioning correctly. If the disposal has overheated, you may want to flip the switch found on both sides or underside of the unit underneath the sink.
3. Salt and boiling water
After eliminating standing water in the sink, pour around 1/2 cup of table salt down the drain before you pour in the boiling water. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then flush with hot water to clear the mix.
4. Baking soda and salt
This is another natural drain unblocker combination that may work on sink clogs. Take half a cup of salt, and mix it with a cup of baking soda. After they are mixed, pour them down the drain. Let the mix sit for several hours, then flush with boiling water. You can repeat this procedure if it does not work the first time.