You already know what to do for slow draining kitchen sinks that have a disposal from our last Blog “Disposal Do’s and Don’ts”, but what about sinks with no Disposal?
First, try to keep food from going down the drain by using sink strainers. The sink strainers will catch any stray food particles and can usually be found at any hardware store.
It is also a good idea to run plenty of hot water down the drain once a week to melt away any grease or fats that may get stuck on the inside of the pipes. Truthfully, it is best to dispose of any grease or fats into the trash, this way they can’t catch any other debris and cause a stoppage.
When dealing with your bathroom drains, be sure and clean the drain stoppers weekly. Keep hair and soap scum from building up. One way to do this is by making a simple mix of 1 teaspoon of baking soda to one quart of water. This mixture will clear the scum quickly and effectively. Baking soda will deodorize the drain to give it a fresh smell too. Try and avoid flushing anything but toilet paper down the toilets, as these things can get caught up in the system and cause the whole house to back up!
If you happen to have a stoppage, please don’t use any acidic based chemicals. They have the potential to cause bodily harm to you and could damage your pipes as well.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, call a professional at A-Solution Plumbing!