The holidays are just around the corner. If you'll be hosting the family get-together's for the first time, you'll want to make sure that everything is perfect. Holiday cooking can wreak havoc on your plumbing, especially the kitchen sink. To make sure you avoid holiday plumbing problems, here are two steps you should take.
Clean the Drains
If you're going to be doing a lot of cooking while your guests are over, you'll need to start with clean drains. You might not realize this, but over time, your drains can get clogged with all types of debris, including grease, grime, and even particles of food. Unfortunately, dirty drains can lead to odor problems in the kitchen. To prevent foul odors, give your kitchen drains a thorough cleaning before your guests arrive.
Supplies You'll Need
- Baking soda
- Lemon juice
- Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drains.
- Allow the baking soda to sit for about 15 minutes.
- Pour 1 cup or vinegar down the drains.
- Allow the baking soda and vinegar to foam for about 10 minutes.
- Flush the drains with about 1 gallon of boiling water.
- Pour ½ cup of lemon juice down the drains.
Protect the Garbage Disposal
When it comes to your garbage disposal, an ounce of prevention can reduce plumbing problems. Here are just a couple of ways you can prevent disposal problems.
Watch What Goes Down
While garbage disposals are designed to get rid of food waste, they can be overused. When that happens, you can be faced with some serious clogs. To prevent clogs, try to avoid sending things like grease and fat down the disposal. It's also a good idea to scrape large food items into the trash can instead of sending them down the disposal.
Go Heavy on the Water
Whenever you use your garbage disposal, you run the risk of leaving particles of debris behind in the drains. Unfortunately, those particles can lead to a grimy buildup that can cause clogs. You can avoid the buildup by running the water whenever you use the garbage disposal. The water will flush all the food particles through the drains.
If you're going to be hosting the family get-together for the first time this year, make sure you avoid plumbing problems. Use the tips provided here to keep your kitchen drains running smoothly during the festivities. For other tips on how to protect your plumbing during the holidays, be sure to speak to a plumber, such as those found at Power Pro Plumbing.