Nobody wants to experience a kitchen drain clog, but this nuisance is pretty common among homeowners. The key is knowing how to avoid these annoying (and potentially costly) clogs, as well as knowing what steps to take if you do end up with a clog anyway. Remember that if in doubt, it is likely in your best interest to contact a professional plumber for help.
How to Avoid a Drain Clog
Most kitchen sinks these days are equipped with a garbage disposal, which can help prevent clogs while also allowing you to dispose of certain organic food items down your sink rather than in the trash. If your kitchen has a disposal, however, there are still some things you'll want to avoid putting down the sink because they can gum up the blades of the disposal and/or cause clogs.
Specifically, you should always avoid putting any grease or fat down your kitchen sink--even if you have a disposal. This is because the grease or fat will eventually harden and can build up, causing clogs. You should also avoid putting pasta or rice down your disposal, as it can clump together (especially when wet) and lead to a serious clog.
What to Do About a Drain Clog
If you do end up with a drain clog in your kitchen sink, there are some simple measures you may be able to take to dislodge the clog (if it is minor enough). This includes using a plunger on your sink drain to dislodge the clog, as well as using a drain snake (depending on the suspected source of the clog itself).
When to Call a Plumber
If these simple measures aren't effective in removing your kitchen drain clog, you will need to call a professional for further evaluation and repair. A plumber will be able to come out to your home and determine the specific source of the clog (using a drain snake camera, if needed) and will then be able to propose a course of action for repair. In most cases, plumbers can take care of kitchen drain clogs in one visit.
Dealing with kitchen drain clogs can be a pain, but the good news is that most clogs are completely avoidable by simply being careful about what you put down your kitchen drain. If needed, however, a professional plumber can always take care of the problem and have your drain running smoothly again in no time.
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