Prevention is better than cure for blocked kitchen pipes

According to an item on Chris Evans‘ Radio 2 Breakfast Show, as a nation we are spending more time each day in the kitchen. Kitchens are getting bigger and as they do we spend more time in them because they become the centre of the home.  Householders are preparing more food and as a result are tipping more waste down the kitchen sink – creating greater potential for blockages.

A blocked sink might not seem like a big problem but leave it to worsen and before long you might need to get professional help. There are, however, some things that you can do to avoid blockages in the first place. After all, prevention is better than cure they say.

Firstly, avoid putting things down the plughole that can restrict the flow of water. Don’t put cooking oils and fats down the sink or the outside drain. Oil and grease can build up in the pipes over time causing serious blockages and can pollute watercourses. Save old milk cartons and use them to pour the used oil into. You can then dispose of the oil-filled carton in the bin.

When you’re washing up after that romantic dinner for two or large family meal, scrape any waste food into the bin, even if you’re washing up in the sink, to avoid waste blocking the waste pipe under the sink.  Waste can build up over time and may block the pipes and drains. It can also create some unpleasant smells in the kitchen as it rots in the pipes.

If you do need to unblock the sink then you can use any number of products that are available at your local supermarket or you could try unblocking the sink using Alka Seltzer or baking soda and a little vinegar. The fizzing chemical reaction should loosen the material, which can then be washed away by pouring some hot water down the plughole.

If you can’t clear the blockage your self then you will need to call in the professionals – like Drain Doctor – who can quickly find the source of the blockage and quickly remove it, particularly if it is further down the system than DIY solutions can fix.


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