Taking care of your kitchen’s plumbing involves more than what goes on underneath the sink. Instead, the entire sink should be the focus on preventing kitchen plumbing problems. Proper maintenance and attention to your kitchen sink isn’t just good for your pipes, but also for your health.

During your regularly scheduled cleaning around the house, you undoubtedly will wipe down your kitchen sink. However, become more thorough in that area. The place in your house with the most bacteria is your kitchen sink. Bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella can hang around your sink, and that bacteria will accumulate if you let your dirty dishes and food waste just sit around.

Before going straight to the nuclear option, consider the condition and finish of your sink. Abrasive chemicals in cleaners could end up damaging your sink, but while it may be clean, it won’t continue to look that way. The alternative method of baking soda and vinegar is a more gentle solution. Baking soda and vinegar can help clean out your drain and pipes.

When hand washing dishes in the sink, it’s inevitable that some food waste will end up down the drain. Even with a garbage disposal, there are some things that should never go into the sink. Your disposal can dice up coffee grounds and eggshells, but both can easily stick to the inside of your pipes and cause a clog. Both are better off being tossed in the trash.

Most of all, never dump grease down the kitchen sink. Grease will quickly build up, and will even catch other debris being rinsed down the drain, making the clog worse and harder to clear out. In fact, grease, fats, and oils cause nearly half of all sewer overflows that occur annually in the United States.

If you find a clog is slowing down the drain in your kitchen sink, there are a few methods that can fix it, and they can easily be down with things you should already have in your home. You can go with the method mentioned early, using baking soda and vinegar, and allow the chemical reaction to help loosen the clog. Or, you can pour boiling water into the sink hoping to clear it out.

Using a plunger can help dislodge a clog, as well. But for a real stubborn clog, you can bend a wire hanger to fit down into the drain and use it as a snake, hoping to hook part of the clog and pull it loose. 

As with many issues around the house, the best way to fight the problem is to work at preventing it. In those unpleasant situations, though, or when an emergency springs up, that’s when you want to call a professional. For more information on keeping your kitchen sink clean, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.