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How to Prevent Kitchen Sink Clogs

No one likes to do dishes, and while it’s not necessarily a difficult task, it is a task that can be made more difficult if your drain is clogged. At Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating, we’ve unclogged more than our fair share of kitchen sinks, and wanted to share a few tips you can follow to help prevent future clogs.

Use Either Your Garbage Disposal or a Strainer

If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink, then you can just grind up any food bits clogging your sink. If you don’t have a garbage disposal, then you’ll need to invest in a drain strainer to prevent food from falling down and clogging up your pipe.

Run Cold Water While Using Your Garbage Disposal

If you have a garbage disposal, be sure to run a steady stream of cold water while it’s running. The water flow will carry away any waste material through your drainage system, ensuring you completely remove all of the waste.

Don’t Pour Any Grease or Oil Down Your Drain

Pouring grease or oil down your drain can lead to a future clog, as grease and oil will stick to the walls of your pipes. Instead, you should pour any used grease or oil into a container, and then dispose of that container in the trash.

Regularly Pour Hot Water Down Your Drain

Even if you’re careful about what goes down the drain, over time some fat and grease likely will build up in the pipes. This buildup can be eroded by pouring hot water down your drain. We recommend this is done about once every week.

Get Help From a Professional Maryland Plumber

Is your kitchen sink all clogged up? If so, then you need some help from a professional Maryland plumber. Our team of professional Maryland plumbing experts is standing by ready to answer any questions you may have, give us a call today.

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