Snaking the drain - don't clog your kitchen sink, be careful what you put down the drain and garbage disposal

4 Common Food Types that Can Clog Your Garbage Disposal & Sink

4 Common Food Types that Can Clog Your Garbage Disposal & Sink

avoid the kitchen sink clog, don't dump coffee grounds, linguine (foods that swell like pasta and rice), onion skins (fibrous foods like celery, artichokes, corn husks), grease (and fats and oils)
If you want to avoid a kitchen sink clog, you have to be careful what you put into your sink and garbage disposer.  Just because you can rinse something down the drain, doesn’t mean it is not going to cause you problems.    Some of the littlest things can cause problems, especially in large doses.

1. Coffee Grounds – Coffee grounds don’t break down in water, in fact they usually clump together.  Overtime coffee grounds build up and can get packed together in the drain line causing a clog.  If you don’t want to throw the coffee grounds in the trash, consider putting them outside in your garden as fertilizer.

2. Foods that swell – pasta and rice Foods like pasta and rice swell when they come in contact with water.  As these foods go down the drain, they begin to swell and collect in the drain which can create a clog.  They also often slip through the garbage disposal without getting ground up.  Try to only put in very small amounts if necessary.

3. Fibrous Foods – onion skins, celery, corn husks, artichokes The fibers in these foods don’t get ground up small enough to effectively make it through the drain line.  The fibers can often get tangled in your disposer clogging it or get tangled in other items in your drain line causing a clog in your drain line. 

4. Grease Greasy foods can coat the garbage disposal making it less effective.  Grease, along with its friends – fats and oils – stick together and to the inside of the pipes solidifying as they cool, creating clogs within the drain line.  Learn more about specific types of foods that are considered Fats, Oils, and Grease.

So just remember, just because it CAN go down your sink’s drain, that doesn’t mean it SHOULD.  Avoid the clog and be vigilant about what you are putting into your sink.


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