When it comes to plumbing systems, taking a preventative stance it is always a smart move. Unfortunately, many people living in Australia only wait until they are faced with clogged plumbing drains to realise that they have not been giving their drains proper maintenance attention. One of the areas in the home that is notorious for developing clogging issues in the plumbing system is the kitchen sink drains. Kitchen sink drains usually experience high wastewater traffic, but more often than not, the wrong elements including leftover food, as well as cooking oil, fats and grease end up going down the drains together with the water.
While most homeowners are well-aware that their kitchen drain requires maintenance attention, they lack easy-to-follow advice on how they can take good care of their drains so as to prevent potential clogging issues. If you belong to this group of homeowners, below are some simple tips on what can be done to keep kitchen drains flowing free of possible clogs.
Pouring hot water into the drains
No matter what you do to remove cooking grease, oils or fats from your cookware and dishes, some of these clog-causing substances will always find their way into your kitchen drains. An effective way to ensure any congealed grease, oils and fats do not build up inside your drain is to pour or run hot water down the drains. This should be done every time you are done cleaning dirty dishes or cooking pots and pans in the kitchen sink.
Place a bin in the kitchen
If there's only a small amount of food waste on dishes after meals and there's no rubbish bin in the kitchen, you can be easily tempted to dispose of the waste in the sink. While a small amount of food waste going down your drains might not seem like such a big deal, a buildup of the waste over time can result in serious clogging issues. Therefore, it is important to place a bin inside the kitchen, so that you can scrape all food leftovers from dirty dishes before you can clean them.
Ask a professional plumber to perform regular inspections
Because you can never tell what's going on inside your drains, it is a good idea to regularly call in a professional plumber to inspect the drains as a preventative measure. They may be able to detect a minor problem that has the potential to cause major clogging issues if not diagnosed and remedied early.