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Drain Clog Culprits


Are you someone who enjoys doing dishes? Is it relaxing for you or is it something you do because it is an unavoidable necessity? Whether you like to wash dishes in your sink or not, you can probably agree that one thing that is vastly unhelpful to the entire process is a sink that is clogged.

If your kitchen sink isn’t draining properly, there are a few different potential culprits that can be at fault. We want to take a moment to go over what some of the causes of clogged drains might be and also discuss how you can avoid this situation or, if your sink is already backing up, give you options for how to solve the issue.

Why Won’t My Sink Drain?

There area few different drain clog “culprits” that may be making things hard when you try to use your kitchen sink. These can include:

  • Fat, oil, and grease: Fats oils and grease from cooking or from food that is disposed of can catch in your kitchen drain and start to build-up. This creates a problem as it makes it easy for food and debris to stick to your drainpipe and collect until it becomes a clog.
  • Food, eggshells, and coffee grounds: Food scraps, eggshells, and coffee grounds have a tendency to build up in your drains, especially if they get caught on any fats, oils, or grease already in your drain.
  • Soap scum: Soap can clean your hands, but not necessarily your kitchen drain. There is a chance that soap can start to line your drains like food scraps and grease. Soap scum is also a major culprit for clogging bathroom drains.
  • Limescale: If you are in a region with hard water, or water with high levels of minerals, that sediment can start to build up in your drains and, if not cleared, can harden into limescale.

Avoiding a Clogged Drain

Thankfully, there are ways to reduce the risk of encountering a drain clog and keeping your dish-cleaning tasks as quickly as possible. Try to avoid putting any food, grease, oil, and other clogging factors down the sink–this is one of the best ways to keep your drains clear. Other than this, scheduling regular drain cleaning can help keep things flowing and prevent future clogs for a good long while.

Clearing a Clog

Even if you do everything you can to avoid a kitchen sink clog, there is still a chance that you might encounter one in the future. When you do discover that you have a clogged drain, there are several solutions you can consider that are all far better than using chemical drain cleaner. These solutions include:

  • A plunger: You can use a plunger to force a clog in your drain free to restore the flow of wastewater.
  • A drain snake: This is a hand-held tool that you can use to either pull a clog free or break it apart so it can be flushed away.
  • Hydro jetting: This should only be done by a professional plumber in Plymouth, MN. This tool uses a powerful jet of water to break apart the clog.

Have a troublesome clog? We can help! Contact Air Mechanical Inc. today.

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