Emergency plumbers who are on call 24 hours a day are often called to homes where residents have blocked a kitchen sink. A clogged sink keeps you from cooking properly and you simply cannot do your dishes when the basin is overflowing with water. The plumber can help to clear the clog, but you should try to keep your sink free of debris and other matter that can cause obstructions and other problems. There are some simple things you can do to prevent future clogs and keeping food and grease out of your sink is the easiest way to keep your kitchen sink working properly.
Keep Food and Oil Out of the Sink
Most people think that a few crumbs and food particles do not harm a kitchen sink. This is not true, because bread, meat, pasta, and grease stick to the sides of the drain pipes. Once the food sticks in place, it hardens and forms a crust that can pick up other small bits of food that pass by. Eventually, the build up keeps drain water from passing through and a clog forms. Grease also causes an issue, because the hot fluid starts to cool while it moves through your drainage system. Once the grease solidifies, it acts like a glue that catches all types of other debris.
How to Dispose of Food Properly
Keeping all food away from the sink is the best way to reduce a clog. Place a grate at the bottom of your sink whenever you cook food and never throw crumbs into the basin. Use a paper towel or rag to wipe food from dishes into your garbage can as well.
If you need to rinse food out of cans or other containers, then place water into the container and swirl it around. Afterwards, dump the dirty water into your toilet. Your toilet is more than capable of handling the food wastes and forcing them through your sewage system.
If you have a septic tank, then you do not want to fill the tank with food matter. You should instead start a compost pile outside your home and rinse containers over the compost. Add food bits from plates as well. You can place all kinds of vegetables, grains, and breads in the compost pile. Once the food starts to decompose, it will be rich in nitrogen and other nutrients that can feed the soil in your vegetable or flower garden.
How to Get Rid of Grease
Hot oils are used when you cook and grease is also released from meats when you heat them on your stove or in your oven. When the grease accumulates in your cooking pans, pour the material into a sealed container and then wipe your pan with a paper towel before setting it in your sink.
Once your container of grease fills up, contact your city or town and ask about waste oil and grease drop off locations. Most cities will take your grease for free and recycle it. In many cases, your old cooking grease is turned into biofuel that can be used for cars, trucks, and buses. Your old grease will be heated and filtered thoroughly during the biofuel creation process.
You can also use your grease at home to make bird feeders to hang on your trees. Heat up your old grease and place two cups of the grease in a small baking pan. Add two cups of bird seed to the grease and mix it into the fatty oil. Allow the grease to cool and solidify. Pop the grease and bird seed cube out of the baking pan and use a knife to force a small hole through the top of it. Place a string in the hole and tie the string to one of the trees on your property.
Kitchen sink clogs are extremely common and most people contact plumbers such as those at Advanced Plumbing to release congested debris from drains. Once your clog is removed, try to keep all of the food and grease out of your sink to reduce new clog formations that keep you from cooking and cleaning in your kitchen.