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Tips For Dealing With Kitchen Sink Clogs

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Do you feel as if your kitchen's sink is constantly clogged? If so, it will help to know the following tips for dealing with it.

Use A Strainer

The most basic thing you can do is purchase a drain strainer for your kitchen sink. It will catch all of the food before it goes down the drain, so you can toss it in the trash rather than wash it down the sink. This small purchase can save you a lot of hassle.

Install A Garbage Disposal

Another option is to install a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink so that all that food waste can be chopped up before going down the drain. Even if you are still wiping plates off into the trash, the garbage disposal should be enough to grind up the food that accidentally makes its way down the drain.

For those households that regularly use the garbage disposal for food waste, know that you can't put just anything down the drain. You should avoid bones, even if the garbage disposal is capable of grinding them up. Coffee grounds, egg shells, and starchy foods can all cause clogs deep within the drain, even if the garbage disposal manages to make them smaller.

Use A Grease Container

Grease from cooking should never go down your kitchen drain. You'll want to designate a container for grease in your kitchen, which can be as simple as an old glass jar that you dump the grease into when you're done cooking. The grease may seem like it will go down a drain just fine, but the problem is when it cools and solidifies when it comes in contact with cold water. The clog will then occur deep within the drain pipe where you cannot reach it.

Use A Plunger

If you do end up with a clog, you can try to clear it yourself using a plunger. However, it is important that you use the right technique and the right plunger. You'll need a cup-style plunger that can form a good seal around the drain of the sink. Don't try to use a flange-style plunger that you'd use on a toilet. If you have a dual sink with two drains, you'll need to stuff the other drain with a rag so that you can build up pressure with the plunger. Otherwise, all that air is going to be pushed right back out of the sink.

Contact a plumbing company in your area for additional advice.