Just be careful what you put down your sink to prevent a clog! Seems pretty simple, right?A clogged sink is a very common repair, but a little preventative maintenance can go a long way. Here are a few good examples of common things that will clog your sink and some good tips to keep it clean.
Hair, Keep it Out of the Drain
One of the most common things responsible for a clogged sink in a bathroom is the accumulation of hair in the drain. Try brushing your hair away from the sink, and do not ever try washing the hair out of your hair brush into the sink. Though over time some hair will fall into the drain, frequent instances of larger amounts being washed down the drain are a good way to ensure that you will have a clogged drain.
Do Not Shave Over the Sink
The sink seems like a logical place to let all the little hairs fall or shave when you get a haircut, but this is one of the worst things you can do for your drain. Try shaving over a paper towel or washcloth so you can throw the hairs away in the trash can.
Never Put These Things Down Your Disposal or Drain:
- Fibrous foods like asparagus, corn husks, artichokes, carrot or potato peels or any other vegetables that have any kind of stringy qualities to them
- Grease, oil, and fat
- Pasta and rice, it expands when it contacts water and swells up
- Eggshells, coffee grounds, pits and seeds
- Bones of any kind
Regular cleaning is very important! Here are a few good tips to try:
- Run hot water through the sink after each use. Hot water keeps oils in food products running down the drain, rather than building up on the interior surface of pipes, which can make drains sluggish and lead to clogs.
- Throw a handful of baking soda into the drain and follow it with hot water. Baking soda is a terrific cleaning agent, and it’s also great for absorbing foul odors and leaving your drain pipes smelling better.
- Pour 1 cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 30 minutes; then chase it down with very hot water. Vinegar is a wonder cleaner. It contains acetic acid, which acts as an excellent organic solvent in removing organic buildup of crud in pipes.