When it comes to your septic system, taking preventative measures to ensure that it stays working properly is always recommended by the professionals. The kitchen sink withstands a lot of sustained use and in many cases, can be slowed or clogged due to harmful liquids or solids being pushed down the pipes.
Here are some tips to keep the plumber away in case of a clogged sink drain:
Bacon’s the Culprit! Dispose of Cooking Grease and Oils in the Trash
Leftover grease and oil from cooking are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to slow kitchen drains. Although it is liquid when hot, the grease thickens as it cools, causing it to cling to the pipes. Over time, this buildup can lead to potential blockages. So, after you cook your bacon either pour the hot grease in a disposable container to be tossed in the trash or wait until it has cooled and wipe it out to be discarded.
Avoid Washing Food Particles Down the Drain to Prevent a Sink Drain
Although hard fruit pits and bones generally are the problem causes when it comes to damaging garbage disposals, other foods can cause issues as well. From expanding food particles like grains, rice, and pasta, that can clog up pipes, to fibrous vegetables that can wind around your garbage disposal blade, one should be cautious about what goes down the kitchen drain. Even fine particles like eggshells and coffee grounds can wreak havoc with the blade.
Do Not Pour Harmful Chemicals and Toxins in your Sink
This one goes for all sink drains in your home! Your septic system is made to process organic material. The introduction of dangerous chemicals into the septic tank can cause the breakdown of good bacteria, resulting in the need for more frequent septic tank pumping. If a harmful chemical is accidentally poured down the drain, call your septic company and they will walk you through introducing good bacteria back into your septic system.
Garbage Belongs in the Trashcan, Not Your Drains
Although this seems like common sense, it must be said, “do not put garbage down your drains!” Cat litter, wet wipes, and other household items that generally live near a drain, should not be disposed of down the sink. These items can cause an immediate blockage and backup your septic system.
Here you are 4 tips for avoiding a clogged sink drain. If you couldn't prevent this to happen anyway, don't hesitate to contact us.