Kitchen Drains: Can be clogged with soaps, fats, grease, and food going down your kitchen drain, the inner walls of your kitchen pipes can easily be clogged with buildup, causing an unwanted blockage.
Fats, Oils, Grease: These organic liquids are the major foes that kitchen sinks face. All of them seem innocent in their hot, liquid state, and they go down drains easily. However, in their cool state, they are waxy solids that will coat the inside of drainpipes and begin to close off the volume of a pipe. When the build-up gets thick enough, it will lead to frequent clogging, as well as the danger of increased water pressure. Professionals can scour the inside of the drains with hydro-jetters to eliminate this, but the best solution is prevention: pour out F.O.G. into a separate container and place it in the trash.
Food should go down the garbage disposal (unless it is hard material you cannot chew, like bones or popcorn kernels), not the sink. The food particles will become trapped in the p-trap, the curved pipe beneath the sink that maintains the water plug to keep sewer gas from escaping up the drain. The p-trap will eventually become clogged with food particles and create a clog. If you don’t have a garbage disposal already, have one installed and make sure all leftover food goes down the disposal, not the sink drain.
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