If you've been dealing with a never-ending battle against clogged drains, you could be looking at a problem with the way you're using your garbage disposal. While garbage disposals are designed to make life easier, with improper use, they can actually make life more difficult – and costlier. Luckily, there are some steps you can implement that will help you keep your drains flowing smoothly. If you're ready to eliminate the clogs, here are three steps you'll need to follow.
Keep the Grease Out of the Drains
You might have heard this before, but it bears repeating. When it comes to your kitchen sink, it's crucial that you keep the grease out of the drains – even a little bit. You might have only put a small amount of grease down the drain, but there's no telling how much grease everyone else has sent down through the same drain. Unfortunately, over time, those small portions of grease are going to combine forces and create one massive clog. If you want to keep the clogs away, the only safe amount of grease is zero. By enforcing a zero grease rule in the kitchen, you can greatly reduce the number of clogs you experience in your home.
Toss Your Poultry Skins in the Trash
If you've ever tossed your poultry skins into the garbage disposal, you could have a greasy mess building up in the drains. That's because garbage disposals are no match for poultry skin. The blades simply tear at the skin, leaving it almost completely intact. Once the skins are in the drains, they mix with everything else that's in there until your drains are completely blocked. To prevent those out-of-control clogs, toss your poultry skin in the trash instead of the garbage disposal.
Don't Skimp on the Water
If you're not letting the water flow when you use the garbage disposal, it's just a matter of time before you're faced with a clog to beat all other clogs. Without the water to flush the waste through the pipes, all that food is going to get stuck right around the P-trap, which that P-shaped pipe connected to your sink. To avoid that problem, get the water running before you turn the garbage disposal on, and let it continue flowing until your garbage disposal has stopped grinding the food.
Don't get stuck with never-ending clogs. Use the tips provided here to treat your garbage disposal right and prevent the clogs. For other tips on how to avoid household clogs, be sure to speak to a plumber like those at Roto-Rooter.