If there’s one part of your kitchen that faces a lot of use and wear and tear, it’s the sink. That being said, you want your drains to function as well as possible all the time. That way you can continue using the sink, without disrupting your day to day lifestyle. Clogs, back-ups, and more can cause some serious headaches! No one wants to take the time and money necessary to get these things fixed.
Avoid issues from the start by studying up on what can and can’t do down your kitchen drain. You’ll be glad you did it, and your pipes will be much better off! Then, turn to us for all of your plumbing needs.
What To Avoid
One of the main things you’ll want to keep away from your sink is fats, oils, and greases. Greases (like the fat from bacon or sausage) will clogs up your drains. In addition, oils (such as olive oil, condiments, and salad dressings) and fats (from meats, ice cream, cheese, and dairy). These items get scraped off of plates and bowls on a regular basis. Sending them down the drain seems like no big deal. However, it’s a habit that should be broken as soon as possible!
Paper towels, cotton balls, flush-able wipes, and similar items should also be put in the trash, rather than down the drain. If you send these items into the sink, you’re just asking for trouble in the form of clogs. These can form with other harmful substances to cause even bigger issues for the sewer systems. Lend a helping hand by keeping these far from the sink and in the waste basket or compost bin where they belong.
Do you dump your coffee grounds down the drain every day? What about your eggshells or other food waste? Foods, in general, should not go down the drain, which is why investing in a small strainer for your sink is a great idea. Use this tool to catch any stray foods and leftovers that are stuck on plates and other dishes, then empty it out once your dishes are cleaned. Your drains will thank you, and you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle down the line!
What Is Acceptable
There are a lot of things to avoid when it comes to putting items down your drain. Having said that, many other things are perfectly acceptable! Most liquids, such as coffee, water, tea, and similar items will not doing any harm to your system.
Also, keep in mind that, while cleaning your drain is a great thing to do, any use of chemicals should be avoided. Instead use natural products or mix your own cleaning solution from safe household products.
Remember – for any help with your kitchen or bathroom, turn to the licensed experts at Stadler Plumbing. We’ve always got your back!