How to Keep Kitchen Sink Drainpipes Clean

A lot of waste goes through the kitchen drain, and because it can be a nasty job, we neglect to clean them regularly. Plumbers do not like to do it either so they will charge accordingly to do it for you.

 

Grease and food particles contribute to clogged drains.

The pipes under your kitchen sink have to funnel all kinds of sticky, greasy substances on a daily basis. If you have newer plumbing, with PVC or copper pipes, your sink drain can probably handle all this gunk — but if you have older, narrower iron plumbing, the pipes are likely to clog more often. Keep your pipes clean by controlling what you put in them and flushing them out when necessary.

Prevention

Even if you have a garbage disposal, there are some substances you shouldn’t pour down your kitchen sink. Cooking grease, coffee grounds and fat you’ve trimmed off cuts of meat can accumulate in the pipes and lead to blockages, so always discard these things in the trash. Place a sink strainer over the drain, so large food particles don’t wash down the pipe, and empty the strainer frequently. If you have a garbage disposal, always run cold water down the drain while you use it to flush the ground-up food down and out of the drain pipe.

Using Water

If your sink isn’t prone to clogs and doesn’t develop musty odors, you can probably keep it clean using only water. If your kitchen sink has a stopper, close it once a week and fill the sink all the way. Then release the stopper and let the force of the water flush the pipes clean. If you don’t have a stopper in the sink, pour 3 to 4 cups of boiling water down the drain each week to dissolve grease buildup in the pipes.

Using Bleach

Sometimes water alone isn’t enough to keep pipes clean, particularly if they are old or connected to your local sewage plant. In that case, use bleach to clean and disinfect the pipes and dissolve clogs. Once a month, pour 12 ounces of chlorine bleach straight down the drain at the end of the day. Be careful not to let the bleach sit in the bowl of the sink, especially if the sink is stainless steel. In the morning, flush the pipe thoroughly with ..

 

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