Let’s face it; blocked drains are a messy and time-consuming problem. They smell foul, are inconvenient and cause severe problems to the home’s plumbing system if left untreated. If you’ve been dealing with a clogged kitchen sink almost every day, you should check what’s going on with them. Homeowners are often not careful as they dump everything down the kitchen drain, from food debris to kitchen waste. If the debris is cleared in time, you won’t face severely clogged drains in the end.
Sink strainers are small mesh, silicone or metal sieves placed over plugholes to prevent food debris from collecting in the pipes. Water flows through the mesh while the strainer catches the residue for you to throw into the dustbin. If you’re using them for a bathroom sink, it will collect beauty product residue, hair and bath salt that could clog the drains. However, sink strainers must be regularly removed and cleaned to maintain their efficiency. They are available in several sizes, so measure the sink plugs before choosing the right one.
Toilet drainage systems are made for toilet paper and human waste, but you must never throw sanitary napkins, baby wipes and nappies down the toilet. They are thicker items and will block the drains and pipes, leading to a huge mess. Instead, put these in a bin. If you use toilet paper, use only one at a time to prevent blocked drains.
Pouring grease and oil down the kitchen sink is a sure shot way to clog your drains, which could need an expensive repair by an emergency plumber. Though kitchen drains handle liquids such as milk and water well, grease and cooking tend to freeze in the pipes. This creates a solid blockage that is difficult to remove, and soap and food debris get stuck to it. Also, grease and oil blockages can cause problems in the entire building or neighbourhood’s sewerage or plumbing system. Instead, throw used grease and cooking oil (inside a jar) in the dustbin.
After each kitchen use, run hot water down the drain to enables food debris to slide through. If you notice problems with the drain, use baking soda and vinegar. This mixture creates a chemical reaction, which clears away organic debris buildup. If this simple but effective hack doesn’t work, call an emergency plumber from Pinnacle Plumbing.