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How To Prevent Your Sink From Clogging

How to Prevent A Clogged SinkA clogged sink is never fun.  Luckily, there are a few great ways to prevent it!  Say goodbye to sticking your hand in murky sink water, and follow these 7 tips to prevent your sink getting clogged.

Don't Pour Everything Down The Sink

You know you have to wash the dishes, but try and avoid washing excess food down the drain - the food that gets stuck will most likely get stuck in the elbow of the pipe, which involves dismantling and manually cleaning.  Not fun.  Instead, scrape excess food into the compost or trash.

No Grease, Fat, or Coffee Grounds

Don't mistake the liquid-y nature of cooked grease and fat for something that you can pour down your sink.  They both will congeal and stick to the sides of your pipes, especially when combined with cold water.

If there was an accidental pour down the drain, be sure and run hot water for a couple minutes.  This will help melt any accumulated grease.

Use a Sink Trap or Screen

It's a pretty obvious solution, we know, but it is one that will save you in the long haul.  The "older" type of sink trap, affectionately known as the "spin and grin", are difficult to come by - they physically screw down into your drain, which is superior to using a suction or gravity variety.  You can also use a screen for a very basic level of drain protection.

Pro tip:  Bleach or sanitize your sink traps on a regular basis.  This will clear whatever has become trapped in the mechanism to keep your sink running clear. 

Comb Your Hair Away from the Sink

Hair can sneakily ball up in your pipes before you know it.  Make a conscious effort to stand back from the sink when you're combing your hair, and remove any hair you notice in the basin before running the water.

Use Baking Soda and Vinegar Fix

Once a week, pour a half cup of baking soda down the drain.  Then, trickle some vinegar down the drain to initiate the foaming process.  This simple action clears and sanitizes your sink and drain.

Use a Kettle of Hot Water

Pouring a kettle of hot water down the drain once a week can be extremely useful in dislodging spare food bits or congealed fat that has been stuck.  It's an easy and free way to help prevent those clogs from accumulated junk.


Really.  Draino and other harsh chemical drain cleaners can damage your pipes over time, as well as being extremely toxic.  Try these other preventative measures first.


Have questions?  Need some help with your sink?  Send us an e-mail or give us a call and we'll be happy to help.

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J. Blanton Plumbing
5126 North Ravenswood Ave,
Chicago, IL 60640

(773) 724-9272