Unfortunately, some homeowners assume that the kitchen sink can be a catch-all for all of the kitchen waste. This, in turn, causes problems down the road that can be a real pain to get taken care of and in some cases may even require the services of a professional plumbing company in order to take care of the problem.
To avoid this problem and the expenses that come with it, you will need to be careful with exactly what you put down the kitchen sink. If you are not sure just what all should not be placed down a drain then continue reading. In this article we will go over some of the worst and most common drain-clogging items that commonly get tossed down kitchen sinks and why you should avoid putting them down there in the first place.
- Grease – Chances are you already knew this, but since most people think that it is okay to drain greasy dishes down the drain if it is chased with hot water then we still must bring it up. You should never, and we mean never, put grease down the kitchen sink. No matter how much hot water is flushed down the drain with the grease, it will cling to the plumbing pipes as it travels through the network and it can catch other debris along the way, leading to stubborn clogs that literally cannot be handled by the average homeowner.
- Coffee Grinds– After finishing off your morning pot of coffee, you may toss the grounds straight down the sink. But should you? Is it okay? The answer is no. Coffee grinds do not break down in water. They instead will clump together and this can cause a serious clog over time. Mix that with grease and you’re looking at creating organic concrete within your home’s plumbing network.
- Eggshells– There is an old garbage disposal cleaning tip that claims that you should place eggshells in the disposal in order to help clean it and remove odors. Well, we’re here to tell you that this tip isn’t a tip at all and you should forget about it entirely. Eggshells will not easily wash away and can stick to the walls of the plumbing and when they do they can also catch other debris that finds its way down the plumbing overtime too. When this happens it can help create a clog.
- Fats and Oils– Much like grease, fats and oils should never be tossed down a kitchen drain as well. Sticky, just like grease, fats and oils will cling to the inner walls of pipes and help capture other debris over time, creating a serious clog that will require professional assistance in order to remove. This includes not only fats and oils from meats but even salad dressings and other condiments. Never flush any of these down your drain.
- Stickers from Produce and New Dishes– This is not something that happens on a daily basis but when we buy new dishes, most of us clean them before we actually use them. And with that in mind, most dishes will have some form of product stickers on them that we will attempt to rub off with the sponge as we’re washing them. As this happens the stickers can find their way going down the drain. This also applies to stickers that can be found on some produce that we buy and clean before eating. Stickers have one purpose, to stick to things. So, do you really think it is a good idea to let stickers go down your drain, possibly sticking to the plumbing’s inner walls? Stickers should be placed in the garbage where they belong, not the sink.