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Prevent Kitchen Sink Clogs with This One Tip

mother standing over kitchen sink washing food with her young daughterThere’s one tip out there that if every homeowner followed, there’d be a lot fewer calls for clogged drains and drain cleaning. That is, “don’t put FOG down the drain!” FOG is one of the biggest threats there is to your plumbing system, which we’ll get to below.

Of course, when you do need effective and efficient Raleigh, NC drain cleaning, we are the team to call. But, we’d like to help you avoid problems with your kitchen sink to begin with, whether that’s through routine plumbing maintenance (which we recommend you schedule once a year) or alerting you to the dangers of FOG and other common drain clogging culprits.

But, What Is FOG?

FOG stands for fats, oils, and grease—you know, the byproducts of many of the meals you likely cook in your kitchen. We understand how easy, and therefore how tempting, it is to just dump your cooking leftovers down the drain and be done with it, but unfortunately, this can and does do a lot of damage.

The problem with FOG is that it congeals as it cools down, which it begins doing the second it hits your drainpipes. Sure you can run hot water, but all this does is push FOG deeper down your pipes, where it still has a chance to cool down and harden. Once it hardens, it’s difficult to remove from your pipes without professional drain cleaning, and as a result, will begin accumulating and forming a clog that will cause further issues with your plumbing.

“Can’t I Just Use Liquid Drain Cleaner?”

Here’s another common temptation—using store-bought liquid drain cleaners to eliminate the clog formed by these fats, oils, and grease. The problem with this is that liquid drain cleaners are a temporary solution at best. They eat through a clog but don’t do much to remove them, meaning that you’ll be facing another problem in just a few short months.

Additionally, the reason liquid drain cleaners are able to cut through a clog is that the chemicals in them make them caustic and corrosive. This means that continued use will slowly eat away at the plumbing until you find yourself facing plumbing repairs or even replacement. If you have a clog or suspect a clog, the best thing you can do is call in a pro to inspect and resolve.

Other Common Kitchen Sink Problems

While FOG is certainly a common culprit of kitchen sink problems, it’s not the only one. If you have a garbage disposal system, you could potentially be putting thinks in your drain that don’t belong there, such as hard foods like fruit pits and fibrous foods like asparagus or celery. Unfortunately, as convenient as a garbage disposal is, it does have its limitations.

Another common problem we receive calls for is a leaky kitchen sink faucet. It’s not an emergency by any means. However the longer you let it go on, the more water it can waste. In fact, a leaky faucet dripping every couple seconds over the course of a year can actually waste gallons of water—water that you’re paying for but not enjoying or using.

Last but not least, low water pressure is another problem to be aware of. While the problem may be minor (for instance, limescale buildup at the mouth of the faucet) it could be the sign of a bigger problem, and should never be ignored.

At One Call Plumbing, we are “Blending Technology with Traditional Values.” For exceptional plumbing and customer service, contact our team today.

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