Drain clogs are common but preventable, so we’ll show you how to prevent a kitchen drain clog. The best way is to simply be cautious about the things dumped into them. Things such as grease, hair, coffee grinds, and the soapy crust can easily clog up the drain. But people think that with water, they can simply flow through and out of the entire pipe.
It is not true. With cooking grease, collect it in a can and dump it in the waste bin. Do the same with coffee grounds or mix them with the rest of the mulch in the garden. Get one of those filters to protect the drain’s opening and collect all of those things listed crusts that could fall in. Most of these filters can be placed easily.
Cleaning Your Drain regularly
Cleaning the drain regularly helps a lot. To keep kitchen drains running freely people can do these various tests. First, they can let hot water flow in the sink as they keep foods oils going through the drain and not build up along the pipes that can become smudge inside and bottleneck the entire system of water coming through.
Next, put in some baking soda and run it through with hot water. Baking soda can clean up things and it’s also good in sucking in foul smells, so the drain doesn’t smell like a garbage dumpster.
Using Vinegar to Clear Your Drains
A third option is to decant a cup of vinegar down the drain for 30 minutes and have it settle in before washing it with hot water. Like baking soda, vinegar is great for cleaning because of its ingredients that help get rid of the buildup of crud in the pipes.
If the kitchen drain is consistently clogged and can’t be replaced, there are advanced ways of keeping it clear. Get a half-cup of the following: salt, vinegar, and baking soda, plus four pints of very hot water. Overnight, let it seep in to break up the clogging, but the salt/baking soda mix in the drain, wait one minute, and then pour the vinegar, wait another minute, and finally run it all through with the water.
With sinks that have garbage disposal systems inside, fill them with ice cubes frozen with vinegar and some water, and turn it on. Another reason for the vinegar is that it’s acid not too strong, but strong enough to scrape the grease and crud off the walls with the frozen water.
Vinegar is truly not just for salads, but it’s also not a happy-smelling liquid. Those ice cubes can be laced with lemon juice to offset the heavy scent. That way the drain/garbage disposal will have a god citrus scent when finished. If not thrilled with vinegar, then go with lye, a key ingredient added in cleaners. Lye can thaw out the soap crud and loosen the hair trapped inside. Pour some down the drain, run it through with a bit of warm water, and give it a few hours before using it again. Use a small amount of lye because it is a strong agent that can do more harm than good.
Unclog the kitchen drain with prevention and advanced, but simple cleaning techniques. However, I’d stick with the prevention side.
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