Maintenance Tips for Your Kitchen Drains

Jene J. Long
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How do you maintain home drains? Kitchen drains are one of the most annoying things to deal with. Your drains are there to filter and flush away all your water and debris, like food particles of your shampoo down your shower drain and because of these, we often find them clogged if they are not properly maintained. 

Clogged grease, coffee grounds, soap scum and hair are often the reasons why they get clogged. You are going to need to know whether or not you need professional drain cleaning services for residential and commercial properties or you could do it yourself. Here are some maintenance tips for your kitchen drains.

How to keep your kitchen drain pipes clean:

  1. Toss some baking soda into the drain

Baking soda is a great cleaning agent because it could also absorb nasty smells, so aside from it being able to clean your sink, it could also leave it smelling fresh. You could sprinkle baking soda down the drain and running water periodically in an attempt to clean it.

  1. Pour a cup of vinegar down the drain

Vinegar is known to be nature’s natural cleaner, with its acetic acid content. It is an organic solvent that could remove organic buildup of food and oils in your pipes. You could pour salt and baking soda directly down the drain, then add vinegar and let it all foam for a minute before adding 2 cups of boiling water.

  1. Install strainers in the kitchen sinks

Strainers are a great way to save yourself the hassle of having to thoroughly clean your kitchen drain. It would catch food and other particles and prevent them from going down the drain. You could just simply remove it and toss the food chuckles and particles into the trash when you need to clean your kitchen drain strainer.

  1. Be cautious with store-bought cleaners

Try not to use too many cleaners because most store cleaners usually have an active ingredient that is powerful and using too much of it could be harmful to your eyes and lungs. You should always strictly follow the direction on the label and make sure that you are only using the advised amount.

  1. Rinse your kitchen drain with hot water

Since there are oils that are found in the kitchen drain that may have clogged the drain, the hot water makes it run faster and easier down the drain. You could let it run for a few seconds.

How do you fix kitchen drainage problems?

  1. Plunge away the blockage
  • Fill the sink halfway full and create a seal around the drain.
  • Position the plunger over the drain and pump.
  • Remove the plunger and see if the water drains.
  • Repeat if still clogged.
  1. Put boiling water
  • Boil half a gallon of water.
  • Pour the boiling water into the drain opening.
  • Turn the faucet on to see the water drains and to make sure that it is steady. If it is still slowly going down, or nothing is happening, repeat the whole process once again.
  1. Check the garbage disposal

If your sink is connected to your garbage disposal, turning it on would usually do the trick. You could activate your reset switch at the side or at the bottom of the unit if your garbage disposal overheated. After resetting it, try turning it on again and that should do the trick.

  1. Break it down with baking soda and vinegar
  • Remove the water from the sink using a cup or a bowl.
  • Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain and push it down the drain if you think it is necessary.
  • Followed by the baking soda, pour a cup of white vinegar down the drain.
  • Cover the drain and seal the opening
  • Leave it for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the cover and run hot water down the drain to break more intense clogs.

How often should drains be cleaned?

It is said that household drains would be professionally cleaned every few years. It should be cleaned more if the plumbing system is old, or if there is a huge root system that is near your main sewer line. Why do you need it to be professionally cleaned you ask? Well a lot of the drain cleaning companies use a high powered water jet so that they could break up and clean out the stubborn clogs without having to use harmful and corrosive chemicals to lessen the chances of having damaged pipes.

What is the best homemade drain cleaner?

  1. Baking soda and lemon juice
  2. Baking soda and salt
  3. Baking soda and vinegar
  4. Salt with borax and vinegar
  5. Baking soda with salt and cream of tartar

Maintaining and attempting to deep clean your drains could be very tricky and DIY instructions and market tools and devices could only take you so far. If you feel like you can’t do that, you could call your closest plumber to help you out and check your drains so that you won’t have anything else to worry about in the future.

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