3 Ways to Prevent Clogged Kitchen Drains

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Are you looking for ways to keep plumbing costs low? One of the best ways to do this is to be mindful of what you rinse down the drain and what you grind up in the garbage disposal. At Long Beach Snappy Plumbing, we respond to calls every day from homeowners who are in a pickle because their kitchen sinks are overflowing. Luckily, you can avoid emergency drain cleaning service by taking a few simple precautions.

Use the Garbage Disposal with Discretion

That loud monster in your kitchen may appear to be all powerful, but the truth is that it’s a machine that is designed to handle only certain types of waste. Food scraps like egg shells, banana peels, potato skins, and pasta should never be put in the disposal. These types of foods can get caught in the blades and cause a jam.

Say No to Grease

Do you have grease leftover from frying? Think it’s okay to pour it down the drain? Think again. Grease, fat, and other substances that are part of cooking harden as they cool and form obstructions in the drain pipes. The better option is to pour these substances in a jar or other container and dispose of it in the trash can.

Prevent Accidents – Be Mindful of Your Cooking Area

Another problem that our Long Beach plumbers see regularly is when kitchen items accidentally fall into the sink and cause a problem. Things like bread bag ties, cooking utensils, eating utensils, rubber bands, and paper clips are easy to loose track of when cooking a meal. One minute your measuring spoon is on the counter next to the sink and the next moment it’s being mauled in the garbage disposal. Keep a clutter-free cooking area to prevent kitchen objects from entering the piping system and causing clogs or broken disposals.

Most kitchen plumbing repairs are preventable, but if you do find yourself in a situation where your sink is clogged or your garbage disposal has stopped working give your local plumber a call for fast and effective repair service.