If your sink is draining slowly, then there is likely an obstructive item or accumulated buildup blocking the flow. Fortunately, there are a number of simple methods you can take to improve your sink drain’s flow, while helping to prevent a future drain clog or other common plumbing problems.
INVEST IN SAFE ENZYME TREATMENTS
Enzyme treatments do not contain harmful chemicals, which are commonly found in typical drain cleaning products. The acid-based ingredients found in common drain cleaners can wreak havoc on your chrome or cast-iron pipes, eroding the surface over time and causing leaks and small holes. This will end up costing you more stress and frustration in the long run.
Enzyme treatments are very affordable and can be purchased from your local Roto-Rooter plumber. Roto-Rooter’s primary product, Pipe Shield, prevents organic materials such as fats, grease, soaps, and detergents from building up in the drain and causing clogs. These products help to save you money by preventing a problem so that you are less likely to have to call a plumber in the future.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL AND TOILET
It is important to be aware of what you are dumping down the garbage disposal. Many harmful items, such as cooking grease, can settle into the sides of your pipes, blocking food bits from going down the drain. To prevent these types of problems, make sure to clear any plates or cooking utensils before washing them.
The same principle holds true for your toilet. It is important that you only flush items that are marked “flushable” and dispose of all other paper or cotton items in the trash. This will help to prevent a toilet clog and prevent your sinks from backing up.
FLUSH YOUR SINKS WITH HOT WATER
Make sure to flush your disposal to ensure that food particles can easily flow through the disposal. It is also a good idea to pour a pot of boiling water down every sink in your home to effectively clear away any accumulated buildup in your pipes. Make sure to also clean any sink stoppers or strainers to eliminate any loose hair that may be clogging the drain.
If you notice the signs of an oncoming clog, make sure to plunge your sink before the problem gets out of hand. You can simply call a plumber or plunge the sink yourself to dislodge whatever may be causing the problem.
The next time you call your local Roto-Rooter plumber, make sure to ask about other measures you can take to improve your sink’s flow. Your plumber should also be able to recommend ways to help save you money on your plumbing.