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Tips for Preventing Clogged Sinks

Clogged sinks are a common, yet frustrating, problem all homeowners will experience at least once in their lives. They can happen for a variety of reasons, which local plumbers are here to share with everyone. Armed with this information, anyone can help prevent clogged sinks before they become plumbing emergencies.

Monitor Cooking GreaseCooking Grease

When it comes to clogged kitchen sinks, cooking grease is usually the number one offender.

The issue with grease isn’t necessarily when it is in its liquid state, but when it cools and becomes solid. Over time, grease will start to build up on the walls of the pipes and impair water’s ability to pass through, leading to clogs. Eventually, it may even become completely blocked, stopping water from flowing down the sink entirely. 

Liquid grease can also build on the garbage disposal blades, making it far less effective at grinding materials in the sink drain. This means that the homeowner will not only have to have the clogged sink repaired, they may also have to replace the garbage disposal entirely.

Watch the Garbage DisposalGarbage Disposal

A common component that causes clogged kitchen sinks is the garbage disposal. People in the home have a tendency to get comfortable with this appliance and not realize they could be damaging it by putting the wrong things down the drain.

There are a few items that commonly get washed down the kitchen sink drain, causing garbage disposal issues and clog the sink. Here is just a small list:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Liquid grease (as discussed above)
  • Pasta and rice
  • Eggshells
  • Potato peels
  • Oatmeal
  • Nuts

Basically, if it’s sticky and expandable or hard to break up by hand, it should be thrown in the trash instead of being put down the garbage disposal. Ignoring this advice can easily lead to a clogged sink or even worse issues.

Invest in Drain StoppersDrain Stopper

One last way to help prevent clogged sinks in the home is by using drain stoppers. Many people don’t stop to think about what is going down their bathroom sink- facial soap, hand soap, toothpaste, even stray hairs. All of these things can build up over time and cause a clog.

Drain stoppers can be easily installed to provide an extra level of filtration between the sink and the plumbing. It will catch anything that falls in the sink so that it can be disposed of properly. 

In addition to purchasing a drain stopper, homeowners are encouraged to discuss these steps with everyone in the household. Awareness is key to preventing a clogged sink, and everyone in the home needs to be on board for it to succeed.

For any stubborn clogged sinks, contact a licensed plumber as soon as possible. If the sink is clogged severely, or for too long, it can cause the pipe to rupture. This would be considered a plumbing emergency and can be expensive. Catching plumbing issues early is essential.

About Jim Wagner Plumbing, Inc.

Lombard, Illinois, is home to Jim Wagner Plumbing, Inc. Owned and operated by a third-generation plumber, Jim Wagner Plumbing, Inc. has the experience and skills needed to handle any plumbing needs in the Lombard area. They pride themselves on their upfront pricing and top-rated service.