We’ve all been there, you’re all ready to wash the dishes and then you discover that the drain in the kitchen sink is blocked. This can be a nightmare as it always happens at the worst possible time, usually 5 minutes before your parents or your crush is coming over.
Blocked drains are a very common problem that many homeowners will face. If only there was some way of preventing them in the first place, oh wait there is! Here are some rules that you should follow if you want your drains to always stay in working order.
1. Never put leftover food down the drains
This is the most common cause of blocked drains. By forcing leftover food down the drains as you wash the dishes you are allowing the waste to build up until it reaches the point where not even water can get through. You should always make sure that you have put any food waste into the trashcan before you start to clean the dishes. The same applies if you have a dishwasher, you should always wipe and clean them first to avoid a buildup of food waste in the dishwasher.
2. Don’t throw coffee down there either
Yes, coffee grounds can cause your kitchen sink to get blocked and you should make sure that you do not put them down the drain. Simply putting them in the garbage can, or composting them will help to stop your drains from becoming blocked.
3. Avoid putting grease into your plumbing
Even though the grease may look nice and liquid when it is hot, it will cool in the pipe and when it does it will form a solid block of grease that will block your drains. The correct way to dispose of grease is to let it cool, them simply throw it away with the rest of your garbage.
4. Leave the sink strainers where they are
Sink strainers are great, they can catch all of the food that you would otherwise be carelessly sending down into the drains. They are also very easy to lift out after you have done the dishes, then you simply throw the waste into the garbage can.
5. Only use as much washing powder as you need
This is a great tip, as it will save you money. There is a reason that there is a defined amount of washing powder that you should use in the dishwasher. If you use too much, then the powder will not be dissolved and will end up clogging your drains. A classic case of less it more.
6. Be careful what you flush down the toilet
Even paper towels should not be flushed as they are too thick to dissolve properly. Toilet paper has been carefully designed for this purpose.
7. Keep trees away from underground pipes
If you are thinking of planting a tree into your garden, make sure that you don’t make the mistake of planting a tree, or anything that will grow large roots in close proximity to your drainage system. The roots of the plant can actually grow to the point where they can damage the pipes and even crack them. Repairing these can be quite expensive so be mindful when landscaping your garden.
If you already have a clogged drain and you have tried all of the usual methods to unblock it, then it may be time that you call an expert. Do not fear, if you sometimes let some food go down the sink it will not be the end of the world, but over time it can build up to the point where you need a plumber to step up and get those drains unblocked.