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May 2024
Volume 24 Issue 3

Six proven tips to keep your pipes clear

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January 2024

NATION — The holidays should be a time to enjoy delicious feasts and spend time with loved ones. However, many households face plumbing issues in the aftermath.
According to Mr. Rooter Plumbing, the day after holiday celebrations historically has been the busiest time of the year for plumbers, when they receive a surge of calls about clogged kitchen sinks.
Why do so many sinks clog after entertaining? Cooks and guests often make common mistakes that back up a kitchen’s plumbing system. Don’t let a clogged sink ruin your long weekends. Follow these six expert tips to maintain your plumbing so you can focus on celebrating Thanksgiving.
1. Don’t stuff all of your leftovers down the sink – Cleaning up after a special dinner puts a greater strain on your kitchen sink than your daily meals. The greater volume of food and the types of food are especially prone to clogging sinks.
For example, potatoes, rice and pasta can wreak havoc on your plumbing. All three foods are starchy, and when they get wet, they become glue-like and clump together, gumming up your pipes and causing backups, clogs and other issues.
2. Collect and toss oils and fats in the trash – Roast turkey, beef, ham, gravy and other entertaining favorites are rich in fats and oils. As they cool, fats and oils re-solidify, coating your drain and leading to stubborn clogs. To keep your pipes clean and clear, avoid pouring greasy substances down the drain. Instead, collect fats and oils like turkey drippings into cans or containers that you can dispose of once the grease has cooled.
3. Clean your plate! – One of the most common mistakes people make when cleaning up after a big company dinner is leaving food scraps and grease on plates and cookware that can easily clog up a kitchen sink.
Make sure to have a trash or compost bin handy, so you and your guests can quickly and easily scrape leftover food off plates before placing them in the sink for washing. Also, use paper towels to sop up leftover grease on plates. These simple steps that take a few extra minutes can go a long way in protecting your sink from nasty clogs.
4. Run the garbage disposal when you put food in, not after – If your sink has a garbage disposal, it’s crucial to use it correctly to avoid a clogged drain. A common mistake folks make when running the garbage disposal is to wait until the sink is full of food scraps. However, running the garbage disposal as you put food down the drain lessens the burden on your plumbing system because it can efficiently break down waste into smaller particles that are less likely to create a pipe blockage.
Also, remember to run cold water while operating the garbage disposal to prevent it from overheating, but run hot water after to help dissolve and flush residual grease and oil.
5. Use a food catcher – A food catcher (also called a drain screen or strainer) is another simple and efficient way to prevent food particles from entering your plumbing. Your local grocery or hardware should have food catchers that fit most kitchen sink drains.
When you’re done washing dishes, empty the catcher into the trash and rinse it out. This simple, effective tool easily prevents plumbing issues and can extend the life of your kitchen plumbing.
6. Call a professional – If you’re already experiencing kitchen draining and clogging problems, don’t wait until your guests arrive. Schedule a professional drain inspection or cleaning to keep your plumbing system working in tip-top shape. By taking care of kitchen sink issues as soon as they pop up, you can avoid and prevent costly plumbing repairs down the road
Using these six proven tips, you can prevent your sink from clogging up and dampening your festivities.

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