It’s important to always care for the sinks in your house to ensure that they drain efficiently. At High 5 Plumbing, we advocate taking extra care to ensure your sinks are clean and to ensure that the drainage beneath them runs without a hitch. From our many years of plumbing, our plumbers gathered some valuable tips to help keep your sinks in top-notch shape. These simple actions can save you serious inconveniences due to a blocked sink.
1. Regularly Flush Your Sink
Sometimes, we assume that our sinks are in good shape just because they have running water. This is not always the case, though. After we use them, soap, grease, and dirt particles may get trapped below the sink. We highly recommend periodically flushing your sink with hot water to remove any fat, especially in your kitchen sink. Running cold water may also help push away particles trapped under the sink and allow for the smooth flow of water.
2. Invest in a Drain Sieve
We use our sinks regularly to wash our hands, clean dirty dishes, and even rinse out different items. Therefore, we might end up allowing a lot of solids down the sink’s drains. This, in turn, may end up clogging out sinks. Having a drain sieve in place will save you the headache of dealing with constant clogs since all solid waste will get trapped in the sieve.
When you finish cleaning, remove the trapped particles and throw them in the waste bin to keep the sink clear. Please do not let debris accumulate on the sieve since it will eventually restrict the flow of water. By using a sieve, hair, food particles, soap, and other solids won’t go down your drains, thereby keeping your pipes clear.
3. Deep Cleaning
Regularly take time and perform deep cleaning for all your sinks. We advise our clients to use non-corrosive products like baking soda, vinegar, dishwashing soap, and hot water. Using harsh chemicals poses the risk of corroding your sinks and pipes, making them last a shorter time than they should. They are also very dangerous to your health if you accidentally ingest or pour them on your skin.
During the deep cleaning, ensure the water drains without a problem. If you notice slow drainage, use a plunger to remove the clog and clear the pipe’s path. Fast drainage ensures that dirty water doesn’t linger in your sink.
4. Professional Drain Cleaning
On the same note, call for expert assistance if home cleaning does not effectively do the job. One of our strong suits at High 5 Plumbing is cleaning your drains and sewer line. Whenever you see any of the following signs, know that it is time for a professional drain cleaning.
- Repetitive clogs
- A foul odor from the sinks
- Gurgling noises when the water drains
- Slow drainage
Our plumbers use drain snaking and hydro-jetting to deal with clogs effectively. When you regularly clean your drains and sewer line, you eliminate the possibility of backups and blockage. Our plumbers in Denver have the best training to clean your system and give you peace of mind.
5. Clear the Sink as Soon as Possible
You may not always clean the dishes as soon as you finish your meal. However, this is not an invitation to dump plates full of food remainders in the sink. This habit creates room for bacteria to breed. Whether you want to do the dishes now or later, ensure you remove all food particles before dumping the utensils in the sink.
Rinse out the excess dirt, so your sink stays clean. We also advise our clients not to let the utensils sit in the sink for too long. Do the dishes and let the sink remain clean and dry as long as possible. Having a cluttered sink may prevent you from noticing any clogging.
6. Garbage Disposal
Another gadget we constantly advocate for is the garbage disposal unit. This unit mostly goes under the sink and serves to break down food into tiny particles, which are then easily carried away by water. Getting yourself this unit is an investment that may save you a lot of money in plumbing repairs.
Apart from owning a garbage disposal unit, ensure you use it correctly to avoid clogging your drain. Do not dispose of grease and foods with a lot of fiber as they may get stuck inside the disposal. Large food waste, like peels and eggshells, is also not very friendly to the system and may cause issues.
As much as possible, always run cold water once you finish working the unit to get rid of any particles and grease hidden in the machine parts. This action will keep the system working for years and ensure your sink doesn’t get blockage due to food stuck in its path.
7. Water Pressure
While constant water flow is good, having the correct water pressure also matters. Very low water pressure may bring about poor drainage since there is an insufficient force to push the wastewater away. This slow movement gives room for a clog buildup. On the other hand, if the pressure is too high, it may damage the faucet and the pipes, causing significant inconveniences like flooding.
Therefore, we usually advise our clients to invest in a pressure valve to keep their home’s water pressure in check. Our local experts know how to install it to ensure you have the correct water flow. With the proper pressure, all wastewater will flow through the drains fast, and your sink’s pipe will not be at the risk of bursting.
8. Soften the Water
The magnesium and calcium contained in hard water are dangerous to your home’s plumbing system. When they flow into the sink’s drainage, they easily combine with food, hair, and grease and cause a hindrance to the water’s flow. If you don’t take care of the situation early enough, you may end up with a nasty clog that may lead to constantly dirty and smelly sinks. Hard water may also stain your sinks after a while.
You can solve this issue by installing a water-softening unit to treat your water before it gets to your faucets. Our experts at High 5 Plumbing offer quality units and install them with expertise to ensure they run properly.
Our Professional Plumbing Company
The tips above can help keep your sinks clean, dry, and smelling fresh. Always keep your plunger nearby to help deal with minor incidences and remember to run water down the sinks after use. With the assistance of our professionals at High 5 Plumbing, you can rest assured that we will always help with stubborn clogs or slow drainage. We have all the necessary skills and training to handle the plumbing issues in your home, and we will provide professional services.
Our plumbers are courteous and punctual, and they work with the best equipment. Do not settle for less. Contact High 5 Plumbing or book your appointment with the online form and get the excellent services you deserve. We provide plumbing, water heaters, drain, and sewer services to Denver residents.