From washing your hands before and after meal preparation to cleaning off dirty dishes, your kitchen sink experiences a lot of regular use. Water and soap might be the primary things going down your kitchen sink’s drain, but it is inevitable for at least some bits and pieces of leftover food and grime to enter the drain as well. Minimal amounts can be handled, but repeated instances can become problematic. With enough time, however, this buildup may cause a clogged sink.
When you have a clogged sink, it will essentially be unusable. The water from the faucet will back up into the sink, and nothing will be able to run through the drain. But a drain clog can easily be prevented if you take the necessary actions.
Continue reading to learn more about how drain clogs form, how to prevent clogged sinks, and what to do if it results in water damage to your property.
1. Refrain from Dumping Oils and Foods Down the Drain
The best thing you can do to prevent clogs in your kitchen sink is to be mindful of what enters the drain.
When you continually allow grease, cooking oils, food, and other debris to be dumped into the kitchen sink and down the drain, there is a greater chance for a drain clog to form. If you never or rarely find such matter being dumped down the drain, then there is a much lesser chance for a clogged sink.
Knowing this, take the time to figure out what you want to do with oils, grease, food, and other debris you would usually dump down the drain.
2. Store Grease and Cooking Oils Elsewhere for Later Disposal or Use
Instead of dumping grease and oils into your kitchen sink, consider storing them in containers. You can either throw them out in the garbage, take them to a recycling center, or save them to reuse for cooking later.
For example, if you use your stove to fry bacon, don’t dump the grease down your kitchen sink drain afterwards. Instead, pour it into a container to discard later or to use as cooking oil for future meals. You can label the container of its contents to ensure you remember the different oils you accumulate.
3. Install a Kitchen Sink Strainer
To prevent food and other debris from entering the drain, add a strainer to your kitchen sink. A strainer will catch large food particles and other bigger bits of debris when you rinse off and clean dirty dishes while still allowing water to continue flowing down the drain. Just empty the strainer of its contents when it is full, throwing the excess food into the trash or a compost pile. Then place it back in the sink.
There are stainless steel mesh strainers that have fine openings and silicone ones that are easier to clean. Whatever your needs, there is a kitchen strainer out there to help prevent a clogged sink.
4. Clean the Drain
With regular cleaning, you can help limit the potential for a drain clog. Cleaning it will not directly prevent a clogged sink, but it will make it less probable.
For example, simply running hot water into the drain after every use will make it easier for food and other debris to move through the drain. The hot water will also melt down any grease and fats that have accumulated in the drain. Hot water paired with some baking soda, however, is more effective. The baking soda will not only clean the drain, but it will also absorb any lingering odors. Just be sure to avoid dumping down any harsh chemicals like Drano.
For a more thorough drain cleaning, dump a cup of vinegar down your kitchen sink’s drain. The acetic acid in the vinegar will help eliminate any food accumulation in the pipe. However, vinegar is more effective when followed up with boiling water. So, after 30 minutes, pour some boiling water down the drain, too.
Clogged Sinks and Water Damage
If a clogged sink in your kitchen has resulted in water damage to your home, don’t hesitate to address the issue as soon as possible. This is because water damage only worsens with time.
Porous building materials and furnishings will continue to absorb the excess moisture until it has been removed. This absorption weakens the affected materials, which can lead to serious structural damage. Water damage also creates the ideal conditions for mold growth. If mold does develop, then it will cause additional harm.
Professional Water Damage Restoration Services
ServiceMaster can help with the damage caused by your clogged sink through our professional water damage restoration services in the southeastern Nebraska area. Using advanced water extraction and drying equipment, our qualified technicians will remove the excess water and thoroughly dry out your property. From there, we will clean the affected areas and restore your damaged property to its previous state.
ServiceMaster can be reached on a 24/7 basis for our professional water damage restoration services in the Tri-Cities, Lancaster County and Sarpy County area. Give us a call for emergency service.