6 Ways to Prevent Sinks From Being Clogged

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Have you ever experienced being surprised by a clogged sink after a long and tedious session of washing the dishes? Or maybe you’ve encountered a number of times when water overflows out of your sink and onto your bathroom floor while brushing your teeth. If these sound like very familiar situations for you, you’re in luck – there are some easy and cost-effective things you can do to prevent your sink from getting clogged.

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Be Wary Of the Grease

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It might be tempting to dump all of your washables into the kitchen sink – from the dinner plates down to the pots and pans. However, you can save more time in the long run if you don’t. The grease and oil from your kitchen pans and cooking equipment are actually the biggest culprits that clog your drain as they can stick to your pipes and stay there. Instead, pour the grease into a sealed bag or container and throw it in the trash. Likewise, wipe away grease on plates and pans using paper towels before washing them.

Boiling Water Is Your Best Friend

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If you’re in a rush and need your drain unclogged pronto, you can pour a glass or two of boiling hot water down your kitchen sink to melt any grease or oil that might have clogged it. Aside from being a quick fix, this tactic also works as a prevention method. Do it once a week and you’re good to go.

Clean Drain Stoppers Regularly

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You may be starting to notice serious buildup of drain hair in your bathroom sink and shower. If you are, it’s a sign that it’s time to clean the drain stopper. But take a step further – clean your drain stoppers regularly (1-2 times a week) to avoid buildup of hair, soap and other gunk in your sink.

Never Flush Down Anything Unnatural

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You know how public restrooms seem to always have a “no flushing of toilet paper/napkins/anything else down the toilet please”? That reminder serves a good reason. These paper products can clog not only your toilet, but your entire sewer system too. And when your sewer system is clogged, you know what happens – it stinks all around!

Use Drain Screens

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This little tool can come in real handy, and even without your effort. Drain screens can fit on all types of drains, and can serve as the best “net” to help stop hair, food items, and other gunk from clogging your drain. And when it gets full, you just pick up the drain screen and clean the contents for a few seconds – then it’s good as new!

Use A Plunger

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If all else fails, a plunger can help save the day. Make sure that the cup covers all of the drain opening and plunge vigorously for 8-10 times. You’ll find that the materials clogging your drain will be removed in no time.

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These tips and tricks are easy to do and don’t cost much. But if you’re really in a hurry or if there’s too much work to be done in so little time, then hiring a plumber may be the best way to go. You can find a variety of reliable plumbing service providers at Gawin.ph! Submit a request and get connected with the best service providers in town!


written by Bea Luna