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Keep the Kitchen Sink Clear for Fourth of July Fun!

Independence Day is just around the corner, which means fun summer cookouts with family and friends are a must. This also means that the kitchen will be going full-throttle soon! The kitchen sink will be in high demand given all that cooking and cleanup.

Homeowners should understand best practices for their kitchen sinks, as backups and clogging can often occur when the kitchen sink is in high use. Read on to learn about common kitchen sink pitfalls to avoid and why doing so is important!


Limit Food Waste and Coffee Grounds

One of the most common pitfalls to avoid is depositing excess food waste and coffee grounds into the kitchen sink. At a base level, this will help to prevent foul odors that often arise when old waste accumulates in the sink – sometimes, this waste is hard to see down the drain. Still, homeowners and their families will surely be able to smell it after a few days or even a few hours!

More importantly, excess food waste and coffee grounds can clog the sink drains. For coffee grounds, in particular, homeowners should avoid putting these down the sink. Instead, they should throw them out or, better yet, compost them! The primary reason for clogging is that coffee grounds often will clump together when combined with water instead of breaking down as would occur with other types of sink debris.

Avoid Depositing Grease

Grease is an absolute no-no when it comes to proper kitchen sink care. As was the case with excess food waste and coffee grounds, grease deposits can lead to clogging. However, this process is distinctly different and perhaps even more detrimental to kitchen sinks.

The primary reason to avoid depositing grease is that while it takes a liquid form when hot, grease solidifies when it cools. As such, it will not only attach to the pipes, but its stickiness will lead to buildups of other debris that comes down the drains. It is doubly problematic, so homeowners and their families should never pour grease down the drain.

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Install a New Garbage Disposal

Ultimately, one of the best solutions to ensure proper kitchen care is to install a new garbage disposal. These offer a vast array of benefits. Some of the most important ones include the following:

  • Breaking down food waste to prevent clogging
  • Eliminating foul odors
  • Reducing cleanup times and trash volumes

Garbage disposals are typically installed directly in the sink, so homeowners can place food scraps in the disposal, which then processes and breaks them down into much smaller pieces. Long-term, this prevents drain buildups, which therefore mitigates the risk of clogs and backups.

Homeowners should hire professionals to install their new garbage disposals. Installation should be relatively quick and efficient, and this can provide significant time and cost savings for homeowners and their families in the future!

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