Plumbing Tips: Preventing Kitchen Drain Clogs

Plumbing Tips: Preventing Kitchen Drain Clogs

Nothing is more annoying for Eastern Massachusetts families than using a sink only to find it clogged. While you might need our plumbing services today, we thought that you would like to learn more about this issue as well as ways to avoid them in the future. Here are seven ways you will prevent kitchen drain clogs.

Plumbing Tips: Preventing Kitchen Drain Clogs

  1. Avoid Grease, Oils, Or Fatty Deposit Build-Up

Grease and oils on dishes, pots, or pans are one of the most common reasons why kitchen pipes clog. It’s liquid, right? What could it hurt? It turns out it is a significant issue. As grease leaves the sink or dishwasher, it is liquefied in hot water and easily travels. When it enters your pipes, the cold air cools the water which cools the grease. At this stage, it will stick to the walls of the pipes. Over time, the oils build up and hinder proper pipe use. It is always a smart decision to contact us for this issue as high-pressure hydro-jetters will restore the accumulation that is contributing to your continual clogs.

Solution: If you have a recycling program, this would be the ideal way to dispose of oils. You can also compost it since vegetable or olive olives are organic materials.  If not, wait for the oil to cool and place it back into the container for disposal.

  1. Food Deposits

Family members often forget about clearing plates before stacking and putting them in the sink. It is a standard way for food to enter the curved pipe under the sink. If you also rinse products like smaller products like rice, it can cause them to fall through the pipes. The p-trap is an essential element that keeps the sewer gases from entering the drain. Anything that creates a clog disrupts this critical step.

Solution: If you have a dishwasher, rinse all the food from the dishes before loading them. Keep a strainer in the drain to trap anything from entering the pipes via the sink. Put all the food in the garbage disposal. If you do not yet have one, it can be a good idea to install one if you experience many clogs.

  1. Soap Scum

When you do dishes, soap seems like a bonus to cut out grease, right? It contributes to pipe erosion because of the harsh chemical make-up of these products. It also soaks into other particles inside the pipes which can create further build-up within the sewer system.

Solution: You should first have our technicians scour the pipes to remove any soap scum residue. To prevent it in the future, you can routinely fill up the sink with warm water and then use a plunger to remove any particles that are building up. Alternatively, you can call us as our technicians will be glad to service the pipes for you routinely.

Being cautious is essential, but it is not always so easy to accomplish when you are a busy person trying to multi-task. When accidents happen, we hope that you call us at 781-944-8043 or contact us for a quick and convenient solution to your plumbing problems.

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