Preventative Maintenance For Your Kitchen Sink Drain

When you want to keep your kitchen sink drain clear, there are several methods that you can use easily.

The first thing that you can do is keep a drain cover with holes over the drain to catch large particles of food and debris from going down. This still allows water to run out, but you can prevent clogs from occurring in this manner.

If you are hand-washing dishes in the sink, make sure that you do this on the side that has the garbage disposal so that any large particles will get ground up. The other side will then stay clear and not get stopped up.

To get out a stubborn clog from your drain, you can use a snake, which is sold at most hardware stores or plumbing supply stores. This long maneuverable tool can get down the pipe to the source of the stoppage and break it up, allowing the water to run down smoothly again. It is a good tool to keep on hand at home when you need it.

Preventative maintenance is also important to keep your drain clear. Once a week it is important to pour baking soda down each side of the drains and pour vinegar on top. You need to let it set for a few minutes and then rinse the sink out with water and run the garbage disposal for a few minutes. This will both clean out the drains and help mitigate any odors that may arise from food remaining. Soda is another useful tool for clearing up a clog. Pour a can down the drain, and the acidity in the soda will help break up the clog. Another preventative measure is to be careful what you put down the drain on a daily basis.

Home Drain Maintenance

Keeping the drain pipes clear of any clogs is a task that you should keep as part of a yearly maintenance schedule. When clogs form in a drain, they can cause serious damage to your kitchen, laundry, or bathroom areas by water backing up and spilling onto and over your floor.

Most of the time drain pipes are clogged over a period of time through different means like build up of water deposits, roots that grow through pipes, and other things that are forced into the drain such as hair. Keeping them clean means that the waste flows better through the drain and out of your  home. Keeping them that way requires some work and a routine. Here are some more ways to keep your drain pipes free and clear of any clogs.

Mark It on Your Calendar

Keeping your drain pipes in your home clear of any clogs must be a part of your yearly maintenance routine. At least two times a year, in the spring and fall, you should take preventative measures to ensure that your pipes remain free of clogs. These steps are not overly time consuming and will definitely save you a lot of money in repairs later on.

Keep Watch for Roots and Trees

It is highly recommended that you know exactly where the main drain pipe leaves your home and empties into a sewage tank or town waste disposal. By knowing this location you will be able to tell if any trees or roots may be impending upon the line. When roots grow close to a drain pipe, it can do two things. First, they will grow around the pipe, and eventually cause it to crack from the pressure. Second, it can grow right through the piping. Trim back trees near the drain pipe and stop the growth of any roots that you see headed towards the drain pipe.

Pour Vinegar Down the Drain

In an effort to keep your drains clean in a natural way, you can use vinegar as a cleaner. Simply mix one part white vinegar with five parts of water and pour it down the drain in the spring and fall. It will travel through the pipes and prevent anything from growing any further.

Have a Water Softener

A water softener is mostly thought of when people want to keep their water supply lines free from clogs. You must remember what comes into the house, must leave the house. The water softener is a continuous way to keep the drain pipes from clogging, but do require some maintenance. If you have a water softener you will need to add salt to it and keep the filter clean.

Use a Plunger 

The only time a plunger is thought of is when water is running out over the lid of the toilet. However, with a small plunger you can work yourself around the house and keep the drain pipes clear. The suction from the plunger will work at the loose deposits  and hair build up to keep the water flowing. Give each of the drains in your home a simple plunging a few times a year and you should have no problems.

 Filling Drains with Water

Filling drains with water can help push food and debris out with water weight. Also by holding the handle down on your toilet will push more water through keeping you from plunging as often.