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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Kitchen Drain Clogging Problems

Kitchen sinks have become a useful part of everyday life within any household. However, some people neglect the importance of proper maintenance of their kitchen sink. Here are some simple tips to follow from Ammons Superior Plumbing Services of Charlotte to keep your kitchen sink free from drain clogs which might bring forth any unnecessary plumbing bills.

Much of the problems with drain clogs lie beneath the surface. So here are some things to avoid putting down the drain in your kitchen sink.

Grease – When you are finished cooking and there is grease left in a pan, it may seem like easy disposal to pour it down the drain. But that grease will eventually harden and obstruct the pipes below. Try disposing of grease in a plastic bag or container and placing it in the trash.

Eggshells – Dropping eggshells down a drain may seem harmless, although they can become trapped in your p-trap, which is also supposed to stop sewer gas from seeping into your home. A buildup of eggshells can also lead to an unpleasant smell over time.

Dish soap – This kind of soap is meant to wash dishes, but try to avoid pouring it directly down the drain. There is a rather thick consistency to dish soap, which could accumulate and obstruct your drain.

Larger food – Even if you have a garbage disposal, be wary of the food items you place down your kitchen drain. Avoid dumping items like vegetables, fruits, spaghetti and rice. Keep those chicken bones out of the drain as well.

If you start to experience a sudden drain clog, there is a quick home remedy you can try before calling a plumbing contractor. Using a homemade drain cleaner might do the trick. Start by pouring a cup of baking soda into the drain. If there is standing water, the most of the baking soda will settle down in the drain. Follow this with about one cup vinegar. You should see a reaction in the form of fizzing bubbles once the two ingredients meet. Allow approximately 10 minutes for the mixture to work at the clog before rinsing with a few cups of boiling water. If the clog persist you can try the baking soda and vinegar mix again but the clog may require something tougher.

You can try using an over-the-counter drain cleaner, although that could present problems as the chemicals in many of those products could wind up causing damage to the pipes. Some drain cleaners are also filled with pollutants that are not environmentally friendly. Those who have home septic systems should be extra cautious with the chemicals they pour down the drain. Harsh chemicals can easily disturb the beneficial bacteria need to maintain these system successfully. Mainstream drain cleaning products also leave a residue which can remain over time and eventually to lead another drain clog.

Whenever a problem affects your plumbing, contact the top Charlotte plumbing contractor NC has to offer. Ammons Superior Plumbing staffs a team of trained and experienced technicians that can take care of clogged drains, water heater installation, toilet repair and any other problems with your plumbing.