When you’re preparing a holiday feast this year, don’t let a clogged kitchen drain slow you down and ruin your family celebrations. By following a few simple tips, you can avoid frustrating plumbing hassles.

  • Always keep a strainer in your sink to keep large scraps of food from going down the drain. When you notice debris building up in the strainer, shake it out into the trash, before it builds up and blocks the strainer.
  • Avoid the accumulation of food particles in your pipes by scraping dishes into the trash before rinsing or washing them in your sink. And if you use a garbage disposal, be careful not to overload it.
  • The majority of kitchen drain clogs are caused by a build-up of grease, which can harden and cling to your pipes, obstructing the flow of water. Never pour any grease into your sink — instead, collect used cooking grease or oil in a sealable container, like an empty butter or yogurt tub. Then, just discard it when it’s full.
  • Remember that coffee grounds can be especially bad for your plumbing. Be sure to throw these in the garbage and never in the sink.
  • Don’t put pumpkin pulp, potato skins or any other stringy, fibrous waste into your garbage disposal. Items like these can’t be sufficiently ground and will end up causing a drain clog.
  • Avoid allowing bits of absorbent foods like pasta or rice to go down the drain. When these particles absorb water, they’ll swell, and they are likely to get caught in any built-up grease, forming the perfect recipe for a clog.
  • Before and after using your garbage disposal, run cold water for 30 seconds to help flush food particles down the drain and avoid buildup.
  • Lift out pop-up sink stoppers and rinse them off once a week to keep them clean.
  • Also once a week, stop your sink, either with a stopper or a damp rag inserted into the drain opening, and allow the sink to fill completely. Then, unplug the drain and let the water flow down the drain. This will help to flush away any partial clogs before they become more serious.
  • Use chemical cleaners sparingly. Some harsh chemicals can actually corrode your metal pipes.

While these steps can greatly reduce your chances of kitchen plumbing problems, you can always rely on Blind & Sons if you do find yourself dealing with slow or blocked drains. Whether you need a routine drain clearing service or you’re experiencing a serious plumbing emergency, we’re here to help — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with no overtime fees. With our state-of-the-art video inspection equipment and experienced Trust Certified Technicians, we’ll get your drains flowing efficiently and help you recover your holiday cheer in no time.

Sources: eHow, All About Home