Residential Drainage Maintenance: What to Keep Out of Your Kitchen Sink Drains

23 May 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


When they are working as they should, residential drainage systems help to pass several gallons of wastewater out of homes. But when something is wrong, these drainage systems commonly tend to back up. Residential drainage backup is a problem that can make your home to look messy and smell bad. Therefore, it is an issue that you would love to avoid as much as possible.

The best way to ensure that your residential drains remain clog-free for as long as they possibly can is by being mindful of what goes down the drains. Here's a look at some unwelcome things that a lot of homeowners wrongly allow to go down their residential kitchen sinks.

Food leftovers

Little bits of food that remain on plates after meals often end up being flushed down kitchen sink drains. While this habit might seem inconsequential, it can take a negative toll on your kitchen sink drains if it persists: the little bits of food will eventually accumulate inside your kitchen sink drains and cause the drains to clog.

The kitchen sink is no place to dispose of food scraps no matter how small the leftovers are. For that reason, you should clear little pieces of food from your plates before placing the plates in the kitchen sink. The leftover food can be put in rubbish bins. Also, invest in kitchen sink accessories such as kitchen sink strainers to help trap any small pieces of food scraps that may still end up in your kitchen sink.

Fats, grease and oils

It is not only food scraps that shouldn't be allowed to go down your kitchen sink drains. Fats, grease, oils and other cooking byproducts can easily block your kitchen sink pipes and even cause your entire residential sewer lines to back up.

For that reason, oily plates, greasy pots or utensils covered with a layer of cooking fat should first be scraped and the scrapings kept in a waste bin. The kitchenware should then be dry wiped using disposable kitchen towels before being placed in the sink.

Apart from that, it is also important to invest in kitchen sink accessories such as grease traps, which are specially designed to filter the fat, grease and oil that may go down your kitchen sink drains from the wastewater. This way, the rest of the wastewater will continue flowing freely while the trapped grease is retained to be later on removed by an approved waste grease collector.

If you can manage to keep the above-discussed things out of your kitchen sink drains, you can be sure of experiencing less frequent clogging problems with your residential drainage system. If you do experience issues, a local plumber can help you deal with them.