Prevent Kitchen Drain Stoppage with These 4 Tips

Prevent Kitchen Drain Stoppage with These 4 Tips

As the holidays approach, your drains become more and more likely to clog up. Doing what you can to prevent drain stoppage in advance is always preferable to calling a plumbing in the middle of a meal. Prevent drain stoppage with 4 tips you may not think about too often.

Give a Second Thought to Pasta and Rice

Pasta and rice are what’s known as expandable foods. This means that they can expand in water as they move down the drains. And that makes them a very common source of drain clogs. We’ve even seen spaghetti back up through a tub!

Avoid Fats, Oils, and Grease

Keeping these three items out of the drains can be difficult, but it’s worth it. Fats, oils, and grease—FOG, as they are known in the plumbing world—mean trouble for your drains. They seem harmless, in liquid form, but think about what happens when they cool.

FOG clings to the lining of the drains as it becomes a solid, sticky residue. This makes debris more likely to collect, which means more abrupt stoppages in your drains.

Use the Garbage Disposal Wisely

Your garbage disposal is not a catch-all for everything you want to throw down the drain.

  • Always avoid hard food remnants, including smaller things like popcorn kernels and fruit seeds. Remember, a disposal cannot process what you could not easily chew with your teeth.
  • The garbage disposal may get jammed up with stringy foods like celery, corn husks, and onion skins.
  • Use cold water as you run the disposal, in order to help break up FOG sooner.
  • Don’t put too much into the disposal at once.

Talk to Your Family

If you’re reading these tips, but you’re not the only one who uses the kitchen, talk to your family! Make sure there are some ground rules in place, so that you give everyone a chance to help prevent kitchen drain clogs and save the family some time and money.

Call Allstar Home Services for kitchen drain services in Fontana, CA, or to get more information from plumbers you can trust.

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