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How Can I Keep My Sink from Clogging?

Posted on: February 26, 2018

A clogged sink is more than just an inconvenience—depending on the timing and nature of the blockage, it can be a costly, unsanitary mess requiring immediate attention. The best way to deal with clogged drains is by preventing them from occurring in the first place, using the time-honored methods listed below.

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What Causes A Sink to Clog?

If you think clogged drains are unavoidable, think again. Although most homeowners have experienced one or more issues in the past, you can change the future by knowing what causes a sink to clog and avoiding those behaviors. Common causes include:

  • Grease – Because it is in liquid form homeowners may assume it’s safe to wash grease down the drain, but as it cools, hardens, and solidifies, the same grease can block the flow of water and cause your sink to clog.
  • Dirt – Before you wash excess dirt and mud down the drain after gardening or working outdoors, remove as much as you can to prevent sediment from collecting in your pipes.
  • Food waste – Compost your food waste, scraping plates thoroughly before rinsing or washing rather than allowing particles to flow down the drain.
  • Hair – Hair binds easily with grease and soap scum and should not be allowed to enter your drains. Use an appropriately sized mesh screen in sink and bathtub drains to catch hair and prevent clogs.
  • Soap – Bar soap contains fat which can bind to hair, minerals, and other debris in your drains and cause a backup.
  • Mineral accumulation – Hard water contains minerals and sediment which can buildup and create solid masses in your pipes.
  • Tree roots – If tree roots penetrate your underground pipes they can obstruct the flow of water and cause major damage.

Tips to Prevent Clogged Drains

Keep your drains in good working order and avoid costly repairs with the following tips and techniques:

  • Use a fine mesh drain strainer in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry sink to catch lint, hair, food scraps, and debris.
  • Collect grease in an old coffee or soup can and when full, dispose of it in your household trash.
  • Once a month pour one-half cup of baking soda down your drain and top it off with several cups of boiling hot water, pouring carefully to avoid splashing.
  • If you have a garbage disposal, refrain from placing banana peels, potato skins, coffee grounds, and eggshells down the drain, as these items don’t break down easily and are known to cause sink clogs.
  • While using your disposal turn on the cold water and run it for the duration of the process.
  • In the bathroom remove and clean your drain stoppers each time you clean the bathroom, to prevent the buildup of soap scum, hair, and other debris.
  • Flush nothing but waste and toilet paper, as other materials and paper products can cause a blockage of your entire sewer system.

For fast, efficient, reliable drain cleaning services and 24-hour emergency plumbing repairs, the professional plumbers at Pohlman Plumbing have you covered! Contact us online to schedule an appointment. 

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