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Preventing Blocked Drain

Preventing Blocked Kitchen Drains in Your Home

A clogged kitchen sink can inconvenience the entire family. Everything seems to come to halt when the kitchen sink is not working properly. Furthermore, to make matters worse, clogged kitchen sink can lead to expensive repairs that can be prevented with a few common-sense practices. The approach to proper kitchen sink maintenance should always be cautious and to focus on prevention, rather than repair.

1. Check Your Design – The first assessment of your kitchen sink should be the actual design of the sink and drain. All the caution in the world cannot overcome a poor design or poor installation. Make sure the level of the drainage pipe slope is 2 degrees or more. This angle will ensure that water entering the drain pipe flows out evenly and smoothly.

2. Check the Piping Materials – As important as the installation and angle of the drainage pipe is the composition of the pipe. Ideally, a high quality material that is not easily splintered or cracked is used. The material should also be corrosion resistant. If the material is PVC, make sure that it is thick, elastic and meets special drainage specs.

3. Check the Filters – Your drain should have high quality filters that encourage flow but protect against invasive materials. If you have the right drain filter, you never have to take leave the drain open to pour liquids down the system.

4. Run Water when Using the Disposal – If you have a kitchen disposal, never use the grinder without running water down the system before during and after disposing of waste. As a matter of safety, always put the lid on the drain when you turn the grinder on. Never stick your hand or fingers in the grinder!

5. Clean the Filter – Always clean the filter after washing dishes or using the sink.

6. Stop Using the Sink – If the drain stops flowing, stop using it immediately. As soon as the flow stops, turn the water off and clean the sink area. Put caustic soda powder down the drain. Always follow the safety instructions on the soda powder container.

7. Know the Telltale Warning Signs – There are several indicators that should serve as warning signs that your drain is partially clogged and needs servicing.

If these symptoms arise, stop using the sink and wipe clean. Pour hot water down the drain with the hope that it will reduce or eliminate fats or leftover food particles in the system built up in the pipe.

8. Avoid Grease and/or Fat – Never pour grease or fat down the drain. Grease and fat are the most common causes of kitchen sink clogging. Make sure everyone in the house adheres to this policy. Keep a metal can near the sink where fat and grease can be deposited. Fat and grease will build up in the pipes and eventually prevent liquid from passing through.

9. No Hair Policy – Anther common cause of kitchen sink backup is hair that makes its way into the system and refuses to pass through. Insist that all household members be careful with washing hair in kitchen and other sinks in the house.

10. Trees and Leaves – After we have been cleaning up  or working on the garden, we wash our hands. Sometimes we find we have leavers or dirt on our clothing and instinctive dump it in the sink and try to wash it down the drain. Eventually, these things build up and the sink backs up.

In anticipation of a kitchen sink backup, be familiar with how to take the sink apart and have the proper tools around the house.

If you are experiencing problems with your kitchen or bathroom drains, give Home Cure a call Freephone on 0800 002 9991. Check out our plumbing services here.