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What You Should Never Put Down The Drain

Your kitchen sink plumbing is crucial to your life running. The plumbing has to be properly running in order to do your everyday chores and keep up with the demands of your family. When the kitchen sink drain gets clogged, not just do the dishes start to pile up, but you could also face the unfortunate expense of hiring a professional Irvine Plumber.

You can lower the chances of clogging your kitchen sink by avoiding washing specific foods down the drain or into the garbage disposal. Below is a list of food items that should not be put down to your kitchen sink plumbing.

Avoid hot fats that solidify when they cool. Spicy fats, such as those produced when frying bacon or other fatty meats, can get quickly solidified. The process is almost instantaneous when they mix with cold water. As they cool down, the fats will congeal and clog up in your kitchen sink plumbing drains.

Our Irvine Plumbers suggest that you do not place potatoes or their peelings into the garbage disposal. The hearty vegetables swell up when introduced to water and then you can’t chop them down. Furthermore, potato peelings can even jam up your garbage disposal, which may lead to a service call.

Never wash tea leaves or coffee grounds down the drain or you might wash your hard-earned money away with it by paying a local Irvine Plumber. Additionally, tea leaves are famous for becoming trapped at the P-trap or S-bend piping of your kitchen sink plumbing. Usually, the material settles to the bottom of the pipes, not giving the water a chance to flow and trapping other food particles along the way.

Try to avoid foods that swell when mixed with water. Usually, these types of foods expand in your drainpipes and obstruct the flow of water, as a result, slowing down the drain and eventually leading to a blockage. The problem foods to avoid are:

  • Flour
  • Rice
  • Semolina
  • Gelatin
  • Gelatinous foods
  • Pastry scraps
  • Pasta

Fibrous foods can also cause damage to your kitchen plumbing. You should also avoid placing food items such as onion skins, corn husks, celery, and artichokes in your garbage disposal.

Other than potentially getting the appliance stuck, garbage disposals don’t do a good enough job of grinding up these materials. As a result, this could lead to a drastic blockage in your plumbing system. An easy rule to follow to avoid causing a kitchen sink blockage is ”if you’re uncertain, send it out” with the trash.


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