Few fixtures in your Bergen County, NJ home are as important as the kitchen sink, where you prepare your meals and draw hot water for cleaning and sterilizing the kitchen. When a clog forms in the pipes, it can be a huge hindrance to the smooth functioning of your home. The good news is that a reliable plumbing service can take care of the problem, and indeed we always recommend calling in a pro rather than trying to unclog a stubborn back-up yourself. But an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure as they say, and if you can prevent clogs from forming in your kitchen sink, you can deftly avoid the entire issue. Here’s a few pointers to help you do so.
AVOID THROWING THE WRONG FOODS DOWN THE DRAIN
Most kitchen clogs are caused by inappropriate foods tossed down the drain, which can not only block up the pipes but cause damage to your garbage disposal to boot. You probably know not to put meat bones, peach pits and the like into your garbage disposal. To that, you can add fibrous vegetables like celery and potato peelings; coffee grounds; pasta and rice, which can swell then they get wet; and hot grease, fats and oils, which can cool in the pipes and solidify to form a clog. If you can refrain from disposing of these foods in the drain, the chances of a clog developing will lower considerably.
RUN HOT WATER EVERY TIME YOU USE THE SINK
No matter how small the job, always run hot water after you use your sink. It will help flush out any food particles that might otherwise build up in the pipes. In addition, you can toss a handful of baking soda or a cup full of vinegar down the pipes several times a week, followed by a thorough rinsing of very hot water.
If you have any plumbing problems that require professional attention, call BZ Dependable today!