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Tips for Preventing Constantly Clogging Sinks

Homeowner Handling Her Clogged Kitchen Sink

What’s Causing Your Sink Clogging Troubles

We all rely on sinks in our lives on a daily basis. Whether it’s washing our hands or doing the dishes, a sink that can’t be used is a tragedy. Clogged sinks are especially nasty. You forget that the sink is clogged then you have to use it just to be greeted by a large puddle of water that isn’t going away on its own. The purpose of a sink, how to fix a clog, and how to prevent a clog are all things that everyone needs to know.

The System Behind Your Sink

Water Running From Kitchen FaucetEvery house has multiple sinks that share slightly different purposes. The overall purpose of a sink is to clean something or wash it off. The sink in the kitchen is used to ash off dishes. A sink in the bathroom is used to clean your hands after using the toilet. Without sinks, it would be harder to stay clean.

Sinks usually have a faucet that is attached to your water line. When the knob next to the faucet is turned, water will start pouring out of the waterline and fall downwards with gravity. The waterfalls through the sink drain, which is attached to the sewer system. The sewer line then takes the dirty water and washed off waste to the city’s main sewer line. With such a system, we can clean what needs to be clean then efficiently get rid of the waste products.

How to Fix A Sink Clog

Clogged Sink SolutionsWhile sinks are meant to wash away the waste, sometimes the sinks get clogged. A common mistake responsible for clogged sinks is when something not meant to go down the sink accidentally falls down it. An example for girls is long hair from brushing or a bobby pin. These things might not fight down the drain, causing a clog.

In the kitchen, clogs can be caused by a buildup of oil and grease. Oil and grease are substances that don’t dissolve easily. They tend to get stuck to the side of piping and then slowly build up on each other, eventually leading to a clogged sink. 

There are many things you can do to unclog your sink. In terms of hair in the drain, you can use a hanger to pull the hairs out. If it’s something else that fell in, you can try pouring boiling hot water down the drain. The hot water causes debris to flow more easily, meaning there might be room for the other substance to go down the drain. For the kitchen sink, hot water can also work to break down the grease buildup, thereby unclogging your sink. You can also try a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. These two substances together can help break down the grease.

Sink Maintenance Tips

Sink Maintenance Tips

While there are many ways to get rid of a sink clog, the best thing to do is to prevent clogging from happening in the first place. For bathroom sinks, it is a good idea to not brush your hair right over the sink. You can also buy drain covers that are designed to catch debris when it falls into your sink. 

For the kitchen sink, you can set a bowl or the like to the side of the sink. Every time you use something that uses oil or produces grease, you can pour it into the bowl instead of down the drain. If you’re looking for more tips on how to prevent sink clogging, check with your local service centers.

About Beltz Home Service Co.

Beltz Home Service Co. has been fixing sinks, air conditioners, and more for almost 20 years. They are the go-to service company in Findlay for all of your home system needs, including generators and air quality. They provide same day service with reliable technicians you’ll be able to call when needed.