Our Top Tips for Kitchen Plumbing
Wondering how you can avoid common kitchen plumbing problems and avoid blocked drains, as well as costly plumbing repairs? In this guide from Wilco Plumbing, we’ll discuss a few steps you can take to avoid damage and clogs to your kitchen sink.
1. Never Put Grease Down The Kitchen Sink Drain
First, make sure you never put cooking grease down the kitchen sink drain. When it mixes with food particles, grease can cause major clogs – and it’s harmful to the sewer system in Sydney, too. Instead, pour off cooking grease into a small plastic or glass container and toss an ice cube in it to cool it off, then dump it into the waste bin.
2. Invest In A Screen Cover For Your Drain
Removable drain screen covers are made of metal mesh and can be fitted over your sink’s drain perfectly. They screen out chunks of food that may otherwise be washed down the drain, preventing clogs from forming. When you’re done with the dishes, just pull out the cover and dump the food particles in the waste bin.
3. Don’t Put Fibrous Foods Down The Garbage Disposal
Very fibrous foods like pineapple and celery will clog up and jam your garbage disposal. You should also avoid putting eggshells, bones, coffee grounds, and sticky, starchy foods like pasta and potatoes/potato skins down the garbage disposal, as these can also cause it to clog up or become damaged.
4. Clear Out Your Drain Every Month
You can use professional-grade drain cleaners monthly to remove buildup. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use, and flush the drain with cold water from the kitchen faucet afterward to eliminate the smell and flush the drain cleaner.
If you’d prefer to avoid caustic chemicals, you can use baking soda and vinegar. This will also help neutralize odours from your kitchen sink drain. After pouring in the baking soda and vinegar, rinse it away with hot water. We don’t recommend using boiling water since it could warp or damage PVC and other plastic pipes.
5. Maintain Your Water Softener To Maintain Water Pressure
A water softener “softens” water by removing minerals like calcium and magnesium bicarbonate from your water supply. This helps protect your plumbing system – stopping the buildup of sediment in your pipes and water heater, for example – and it also provides you with higher-quality water.
But if you don’t maintain your water softener, your water pressure may drop, because the softener will become clogged with mineral deposits. You should clean out your water softener’s brine tank about once a year. Remove any salt buildup, and use a few gallons of water and some dish soap to clean out the tank.
Finish up by using bleach and water to sanitize the tank, rinse it, and reconnect it to your plumbing system. Then, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to refill it with water and water softener salt. Alternatively, you can also contact a professional to clean it out for you.
Got A Sink Clog? Jammed Disposal? We’re Here To Help!
At Wilco Plumbing, we know how inconvenient it can be to have a clogged sink, jammed disposal, and other kitchen plumbing issues. That’s why we offer 24/7 service in Sydney and the surrounding areas. Give us a ring at 02 9186 3371 to get help right away or contact us online to get professional plumbers in sydney to help.