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Tips to Prevent Residential Kitchen Sink Blockages

Clogs interfere with the free-flow of wastewater in your residential drains and can also be a real eyesore. One of the most common trouble spots is kitchen sinks where leftover food, cooking oils, grease, and other types of waste may be wrongfully disposed. Here are some preventative plumber tips to help prevent your residential kitchen sink from clogging up.

Avoid putting food scrapings in the sink

The primary reason why residential kitchen sinks typically act up is because users often disregard the need to keep out unwanted elements. Let's face it: many homeowners know that leftover food, cooking oils, and grease should not be disposed of in the kitchen sink but go on to do it anyway. Consequently, they end up spending a significant amount in making preventable repairs (money that could instead be used to make much-needed plumbing upgrades).

When it comes to plumbing issues, preventing problems can be a lot better than trying to fix them later. Be sure to wipe and scrape dirty tableware, including plates, pans, glassware, and cutlery, and put the food scrapings into the skip bin before washing the dishes.

Invest in clog prevention devices

Most often, things are easier said than done. Sure, you are willing to stop discarding unwelcome things in your kitchen sink, but some clog-causing waste elements will somehow still find their way there. While in their liquid form, things like cooking grease, fats and oils can easily drain into your sink when you are cleaning dirty utensils. These cooking elements may not seem to be destructive when in the liquid state, but as they cool, they congeal and solidify in the inner walls of drain pipes. This hampers the free-flow of wastewater, making the pipes become clogged.

Installing a grease interceptor in your kitchen sink is a small investment that can go a long way in making sure that cooking grease, fats and oils do not access the drain pipes moving wastewater out of your home. This device can trap these unwanted waste elements so that the remaining wastewater can travel unobstructed. For grease interceptors to work well for you, make sure to pump out the trapped debris on a frequent basis and have the devices properly cleaned. If the device is left to become overfilled, it will cause clogging in your plumbing system.

Should you experience any problem with your residential drainage system, don't hesitate to call in a professional plumber to come over and check it out.