If you’re wondering why your kitchen sink is not draining, draining slowly, or giving off an odor, you may have a clogged drain. If a blockage is allowed to build up, it can lead to burst pipes and a call to professional plumbing repair services for help. Below are some common causes of clogged kitchen sink drinks. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Root Shark Plumbing.
1. Grease, Oil, and FatWhile it may seem convenient to dump leftover grease down your sink drain once you’ve finished cooking, pouring grease doing so is far more hazardous than people realize. Grease and cooking oil can cause extensive damage to your drainage system, garbage system, and even sewer system by contributing to blockages. The improper disposal of fats, oils, and grease results in total blockage in your pipes. The grease in butter, margarine, meat fats, lard, shortening, vegetable oil, sauces, and salad dressings can cause dangerous buildup as they thicken and combine with other oil particles in the pipes. If a backup happens, it can restrict water flow throughout your home and prevent your pipes from draining properly.
2. StarchesStarches fed into a garbage disposal can clog a drain. Common starches include
3. Soap ScumSoap scum is the solid white residue that clings to bathtubs, shower stalls, drains, and pipes. It forms when soap and mineral-containing water mix together. When the minerals in hard water react with the fatty acids in soap, they create lime soap, otherwise known as soap scum. Scum builds up over time, attracting mildew and mold. The scum is a nuisance because it can clog your drain. You can clean soap scum from your drains in several ways. Use one of the following methods about once a week. If you clean regularly, you’ll remove scum before it becomes clogged.
Hot WaterBoil water and pour it down the drain. This simple action will melt soap scum clinging to the pipes. Followed by running hot water for a few minutes.
Baking SodaMix baking soda and water in a measuring cup and pour it down the drain. Use the ratio of 1 teaspoon of baking soda per 1 gallon of water on the first attempt. If that doesn’t work, increase it to 1 teaspoon per 1 quart of water. The mixture will quickly eat through soap scum. Baking soda deodorizes the drain in addition to keeping it clean.
AmmoniaIf hot water didn’t do the trick, pour ammonia down the drain. Then, pour more boiling water. Flush by running hot water. This method may work if your drain is slow because of scum. Be sure to run the fan and open a window.
4. Coffee GroundsCoffee grounds clump together in water rather than breaking down. With time, the grounds can build up inside your sink drains, creating clogs that can prohibit the drains from doing their job. Coffee grounds often contribute to drain clogs, especially in the kitchen. They stick to the buildup of congealed grease and other organic materials that go down the kitchen sink drain pipe. Avoid putting coffee grounds down the garbage disposal too. Apart from causing drainage clogs, coffee grounds are a major cause of disposal clogs and jammed garbage disposal systems. However, if you accidentally dump ground coffee beans down the kitchen sink disposal, make sure you run enough water to wash them down.
5. Sewer Line BackupA sewer backup occurs when wastewater doesn’t properly drain away from your home due to an obstruction or damage. This problem commonly occurs in the main sewer line that connects the house to the city sewers. A sewer backup can occur for numerous reasons, such as foreign object blockage, grease or soap blockage, or damaged lines. Some of the main causes of sewer line backup include
- Hardened grease
- Feminine hygiene products and baby wipes
- Extra-thick toilet paper, paper towels, napkins and facial tissues
- Dental floss and cotton swabs
- Products labeled non-flushable