3 Things You May Be Doing That Are Bad For Your Kitchen Drain And Pipes

by Claude Walters

Whether you own a home or rent an apartment, you use your kitchen often. If you're like many people, you only have one sink drain in your kitchen. That's why it's important to keep it clear and unclogged. However, you may be doing things each day which increase the likelihood that your drain will clog up. You might even be damaging the pipes. Here are three things you might be doing wrong.

Pouring Grease Down the Drain

When you are cooking your breakfast or dinner, you may think nothing of pouring hot grease down the drain when you're cleaning the pan. However, that liquid grease you're pouring today will soon cool and turn into a solid that can clog your drain.

To avoid a clog, make sure to pour grease from bacon and other fatty foods into a non-plastic container with a lid. The container must not be plastic because you don't want the container to melt. Some people strain the grease and use it for cooking at a later time. But if you don't want to do that, just throw the container out with your trash when it becomes full.

Thinking Your Garbage Disposal is for Everything

A garbage disposal can be a great tool in your kitchen, but you can cause drain trouble if you are aren't careful. If you are unsure whether certain foods should be put down your drain, avoid it just in case. Spaghetti, stringy vegetables and chicken bones are just a few items that should not go down to the disposal. Not only might you cause a major clog, but you may also damage the disposal blades.

Using Chemical Drain Cleaners

You may already have a clog in your kitchen drain, and you might be considering a store-bought drain cleaner to handle it. However, that may not be the best idea for your pipes.

Chemical drain cleaners can be very caustic, not only to the substances causing the clog, but to your pipes. Your pipes have no protection against these chemicals, and may end up needing to be replaced if you use these cleaners often.

Instead, try natural methods of clearing your drain. One such method is to put a small amount of baking soda and vinegar into the drain, and wait for the chemical reaction between the two to dissolve the cause of the clog.

Now that you know what you shouldn't be doing to your drains and pipes, be sure to change your behavior in the kitchen. Get in touch with a local plumber, such as Three Rivers Plumbing, when you have drain problems so they can be fixed right away.