KITCHEN DRAIN CLOGS
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plumbing maintenance using the information we provide on this
website, please be advised that Old School Plumbing cannot be
held responsible for any work not performed by our own
licensed master plumber. Failure to contract any plumbing
work to a licensed master plumber could result in serious bodily
injury or death.
No plumbing problem is more common or more frustrating than a clogged drain.
- Kitchen sink drains clog most often because of a buildup of grease that
traps food particles.
- Hair and soap are often at fault in bathroom drains.
Drains can usually be cleared easily and inexpensively, but taking some
simple precautions will help you avoid stop-ups. Proper disposal of kitchen
waste will keep sink drain clogs to a minimum.
- Don't pour grease or oil down the kitchen sink.
- Don't wash coffee grounds down the sink. Throw them out.
- Be sparing with chemical cleaners, particularly if you have brass,
steel, or cast-iron traps and drainpipes; some caustic chemicals can corrode
- If used no more than once every few months, cleaners containing sodium
hydroxide or sodium nitrate can be safe and effective.
- Clean floor drain strainers. Some tubs, showers, and basement floor
drains have strainers that are screwed into the drain opening. You can
easily remove these strainers and reach down into the drain with a bent wire
to clear out accumulated debris. And be sure to scrub the strainer.
- Clean pop-up stoppers in the bathroom sink and the tub regularly. Lift
out sink pop-ups once a week and rinse them off.
- Every few months, remove the overflow plate on a tub and pull up the
pop-up assembly to reach the spring or rocker arm. Remove accumulated hair
and rinse thoroughly.
- Keep the sewer pipes from the house free of tree roots that may invade
them. If roots are a particular problem in your yard, you may need to call
in professionals once a year or so to clear the pipes. They'll use an
electric auger to cut out the roots.
- Flush the drain-waste and vent systems whenever you go up onto your
house roof to clean out downspouts or gutters. Run water from a garden hose
into all vents, giving them a minute or two of full flow.