There is nothing worse in the kitchen than clogged drains and of course a clogged sink (apofraxeis Antoniou). Every housewife’s nightmare is to block the sink after a table and to have 2 stacks of dishes in the unwashed. In order not to press it like me and block the sink, which means that you will have to get blocked, otherwise you will run with chemical cleaners and various other small tools, it would be good to take your own measures.
Do not throw rubbish in the sink.
The sink is not a garbage can and we do not have a garbage can in our homes in Greece. Don’t watch American movies, the junkie hasn’t come to us yet.
Put a special filter that holds all food residues and clean the dishes outside the sink. The sink does not clog in one day but gradually in doses. So nothing will happen if a small piece of rubbish falls in, but if dozens of small rubbish fall in, then there will probably be a problem.
Do not pour grease and oil into the sink
I would tell you to throw them in the toilet but again there will be a problem with the drain. It is best to put them in a container or bag and throw them in the trash along with the other trash.
Oils and fats create a cigar in the pipes. This cigar is like the atherosclerotic plaque in the arteries and over time, in addition to reducing the natural flow of water, it retains various grains and particles that may fall into the sink tube.
Put a tube with a larger cross-section
The mouth of the sink can be quite large, but the cross-section of the pipes is small or they have strange and sharp turns that hold the odors, but they create a problem in the circulation of liquids. So as a precaution, check your plumbing and install a pipe with a larger cross-section and not labyrinthine turns. The tube is not expensive.
Chemical cleaners corrode pipes
Even if the pipe is metal, it will wear out over time and if you block it once and use chemical cleaners, you will probably notice that you will start blocking more often. So avoid chemical cleaners. Be sure to unblock in other ways such as with steel or wire or call a blockage workshop.
Check the pipelines with a camera
Especially if the house you live in is old and has an old kitchen and old pipes, a check of all the pipes, will help you to almost never block in the near future. Camera piping control is common in European countries where homes are older and the plumbing and sewer systems sometimes suffer.
The list of all the things you SHOULDN’T put in your drains…
- Grease, fats, or oils from cooking — they congeal and cause other items to get stuck, creating clogs and massive blockages. This is a really broad category that includes meat fats, lard, vegetable oils, shortening, butter, margarine, and many dairy products.
- Coffee grounds — they pretty much do the same thing grease does.
- Meat, poultry, and fish bones, as well as eggshells — garbage disposals aren’t meant to grind bones or eggshells, so the shards often go down the drain to form clumps with other items. The fat from any meat left on the bones only makes the clog worse.
- Pasta, rice, and pieces of bread will expand with water causing blockages. And even if the water eventually drains, these foods are most likely still stuck to the inside of your pipes to cause another blockage next time.
- Gum…it seems fairly obvious that something that is basically a sticky ball will get hung up somewhere.
- Stickers — often people will pull the label stickers off fruits and veggies and simply toss them down the drain during washing. These can clump up with other things to cause clogs.
- Hair. Human, pet, doll, fuzzy pillow, or stuffed animal hair — it doesn’t matter — just try to keep it out of your drains.
- Baby wipes, napkins, paper towels, and other paper products. Even some toilet papers just don’t dissolve quickly or thoroughly enough to be handled by septic or sewage lines.
- Tampons, maxi pads, other feminine hygiene products, including the packaging they come in.
- Cotton balls, cotton swabs, cigarette butts, fabric softener/dryer sheets, or similar fibrous materials — including fibrous foods like celery, carrots, and potato peels which your garbage disposal cannot chew up.
- Cat litter, even the flushable kind.
- Other “flushable” products — including toddler wipes and sanitary products. Most often these things don’t break down as well as the manufacturer claims, especially if you have a septic system.
- Band‐aids and dental floss — these both tangle up with small clogs to turn them into big clogs.
- Razors, blades, syringes, needles, etc. — these can cause serious injury to municipal sewage/wastewater workers and to wildlife. Contact your local pharmacy or public health authority for safe ways to dispose of this type of item.
- Condoms, balloons, or rubber gloves will inflate and can be a fairly destructive obstruction.
- Prescription medications, lotions, and cosmetics. While anything that goes in or on your body might seem safe, these items can be potentially toxic to wildlife and/or leech into our drinking water. Many pharmacies will “take back” leftover medications, or check with your doctor or local public health authority for similar disposal programs.
- Glue. Do we really need to explain why this is a bad idea?
- Bottle caps, whether metal or plastic, will not only ruin your garbage disposal but can also get stuck in smaller pipes.
- Toys are a common culprit of toilet clogs. Teach kids about what is and isn’t okay to flush, and make sure they understand the toilet isn’t a jacuzzi for Barbie and G.I. Joe.
- Soap can clog drains faster than you might think — mostly when the residue builds up and catches other things. Try using less detergent, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. when you can, and from personal experience we recommend trying to keep the kids from dropping a bar of it down the toilet…
- Paint, paint solvents, nail polish, or nail polish remover harm our groundwater and in many places are illegal to put down drains. Check with your local paint or hardware store for information about how to dispose of these items properly.
- Motor oil, transmission fluid, anti‐freeze, etc. Your local auto parts store can tell you how and where to dispose of these substances, and some even have programs to dispose of them for you.
- Bleach and other anti‐bacterial cleaners. This one is mostly for those who have a septic system since anti‐bacterial agents can kill off the good bacteria that are keeping your septic system functioning, although there is mounting evidence that these cleaners are detrimental to municipal sewage systems (apofraxeis Athinas) as well.
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