Prevention is much better than cure. If you understand what causes your sink to clog, you can be able to prevent the clogging and save the few bucks that you could otherwise give a plumber to fix your blocked drains. Cooking grease, soap scum, hair and coffee grounds are among the top causes of drain blockage. Being careful with whatever that goes through your drain can help you to maintain a free flowing drain. Here are a few tips on how to maintain your drain and keep it free from blockages.
Avoid using cooking oil with a lot of grease.
Always remember that once the grease builds up, then you are most likely going to have a blocked drain. In order to remedy this, avoid using greasy oils. Ensure that you clear any grease from your drain using a liquid dish detergent and boiled water. You can do this by squirting some amount of the liquid dish detergent directly into the drain and then pour the hot water into it little by little. The purpose of the hot water is to melt down the grease deposits while the detergent is meant to dissolve the grease and oil hence enabling the hot water to flush it away easily.
Use Baking soda and vinegar.
Baking soda provides the extra power needed to keep your drain clean. Avoid using very powerful chemicals that may easily lead to corrosion. Simply pour a small amount of baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of white vinegar and everything will be fine. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you can use a sliced lemon and everything will be fine. Alternatively, you can also dissolve a cup of soda crystals in hot water and then pour the solution down the plughole. The main purpose of doing this is to help clear up any amount of fats and soap residues.
Make hot water your friend.
Using hot water to clean your drain is a very good way of keeping it clean and clear. The hot water helps in melting down some light grease deposits hence keeping it very clean.
Use minimal amounts of cold water.
When you are conducting your garbage disposal, make sure that you use very minimal amount of cold water. The main reason being that cold water keeps oil and grease in solid state which may easily result in drain blockages. After running the cold water down your drain make sure that you also flush your drain with hot water to meltdown the grease and oils and flush it away.
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