There is nothing more annoying than trying to do the dishes while the water will not go down the drain due to a clog. You will have to reach your hands into the dirty water to get the dishes that you need and there's a chance that the sink might overflow. In order to prevent this irritating and disgusting situation, you will need to take steps to keep your drain as clean as possible. Here are some tips.
1. Use Bleach
Commit to pouring a little bit of bleach into your kitchen drain once every few weeks right before you go to bed. Let it sit in the drain overnight in order to dissolve and loosen any gunk and grease that might be sticking to the sides of the pipes. Using bleach will also kill the smell that the bacteria and rotting food might cause, making doing the dishes much more pleasant. When you wake up the next morning, run hot water through the drain in order to get the bleach out.
Set yourself a reminder on your phone every few weeks in order to make sure that you keep up on this practice. This will minimize the amount of blockage that you have.
2. Use Boiling Water to Get Rid of Grease
The major culprit of blockage in a sink is grease. You can resolve this issue by bringing a pot of water to a boil. Try to use a pot that is small enough for you to easily maneuver and pour. When the pot of water is boiling, take some dishwashing detergent that is specifically designed to break through grease and squirt a good deal directly into your drain. Wait a second for it to slide down the drain towards the blockage. Then, take the pot of boiling water and pour a little bit into the drain. Wait a few seconds and then do it again. Continue pouring the boiling water into the drain until the water is all gone. This will help melt off any grease that might be on the walls of your kitchen's drain.
The dishwashing soap will help break down the grease further. If you have a ton of grease on the walls of your kitchen drain, you may need to boil additional pots of water to fully remove any of the grease.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in plumbing, such as Walt's Plumbing.