When you want to keep your kitchen sink drain clear, there are several methods that you can use very easily. Here's how to do this.
- The first thing that you can do is keep a drain cover with holes over the drain to catch large particles of food and debris from going down. This still allows the water to run out, but you can prevent clogs from occurring in this manner. If you are hand washing dishes in the sink, make sure that you do this on the side that has the garbage disposal so that any large particles that do go down will be ground up. The other side will then stay clear and not get stopped up. To get out a stubborn clog from your drain, you can use a snake, which is sold at most hardware or plumbing supply stores. This long maneuverable tool can get down the pipe to the source of the stoppage and break it up, allowing the water to run down smoothly again. It is a good tool to keep on hand at home when you need it.
- Preventive maintenance is also important to keep your drain clear. Once a week it is helpful to pour baking soda down each side of the drains and then pour vinegar on top. You need to let it set for a few minutes, and then rinse the sink out with water and run the garbage disposal for a few minutes. This will both clean out the drains and help mitigate any odors that might arise from food remaining. Soda pop is another useful tool for clearing up a clog. Pour a can down the drain, and the acidity in the pop should help to break up the clog. Another preventative measure is to be careful what you put in the drain on a daily basis. For instance, materials such as grease and paint should not be poured directly down the drain as they can cause a build up that can block the water from draining properly. Once this buildup has occurred, it can be very difficult to unclog it.
- If you are trying to unclog your sink, be careful what kinds of chemicals that you use to alleviate the problem. Though they work well, many chemical products can actually cause damage to your pipes and the drain when poured down them. If your problem is persistent, it is much cheaper to have a professional fix the problem than to cause more damage by trying to fix it yourself. If you do use any product, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Using preventative measures and careful consideration for your drain on a daily basis will help you to keep it clear and prevent problems occurring in the future.