T here is a common say “keeping the freedom is way too harder than achieving it” and the same goes with your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter how much you spend and which high-end model you have picked if you don’t know how to maintain the sink, then you are going to get FRUSTRATED badly.
There is some stuff which many of us don’t know about our kitchen sink, the lifespan of a kitchen sinks greatly depend on how we clean and use the sink. So here I am going to ask you a question, are you killing your kitchen sink?
If you don’t have an answer and you want to know what might kill your kitchen sink, then this very guide is for you. I have demonstrated all the kitchen sink problems that always happen, go through them and make sure you do not make the mistakes.
Top Kitchen Sink Problem
I have talked with a few plumbers and asked them to tell some common kitchen sink problems. And they have only mentioned one issue which is clogging or blocked the drain. Clogging is a dangerous issue that has the capability to make the sink completely useless. I have pointed out 5 things that can cause clogging and you make sure to avoid them.
- When food gets rinsed down to the drain.
- When congealed oils and fats go down.
- When food scraps go down to the drain.
- When the sink is not cleaned properly.
- When bones get stuck in the middle of the pipe.
Do not let larger foods to go down the drain
The kitchen sink is to clean the dishes and yet some of us use that as a dustbin. We put food scraps, bones, etc. through the drain, which is the main reason for clogging or blocked the drain. Some foods don’t break down easily, they take time and when they get stuck somewhere between the draining system, that is going to block the way.
When you put foods into the drain, they do not start clogging the pipe immediately, slowly when the food particle builds up increases, with time forms a dam and that stops the water flow completely. Not only clogging, when foods particles are stuck for a long time, but they also grow mold and bacteria which leads to a really bad smell.
So the smartest way to get rid of this is by using a sink strainer. When you clean your dishes, make sure you have put on the sink strainer and this might seem a bit irritating but you have clean the strainer after every single cleaning session. If you do so, there would not be any clogging and nor bacteria growth.
Do not let oils and fats go down the drain
Fats and oil, they are liquids so they should smoothly pass through the pipe, this is what you are thinking. Right? Though they are like liquids they do not work as we think they do. Oil and water never mix and since they are little stick, some of the oil and fats stick to the pipe wall. And with the time that gets solidified which causes the clogging. In the drainpipe, there is cold which helps the fat freeze better and they form a lump. And with time, they get as hard as rock which becomes really tough to remove without the help of a professional plumber.
Rinse all the items before putting into the dishwasher
Remember, your dishwasher pipe is connected to the sink pipe, so whatever is going through the dishwasher pipe is going through the sink pipe as well.
Which is why you would want to make sure that you rinse and scrap all the items before putting them into both the dishwasher and the sink. If you are cleaning a greasy plate or pot, use little detergent and hot water (before putting into the sink or dishwasher). That will break up the greases and will also stop fatty water to sit solid.
Clean the dishwasher
If you want to avoid all kinds of sink problems, there is one easy solution to that which is cleaning the dishwasher once or twice every month. The clogging issue at the beginning would not trouble you much but when the particle buildup gets bigger and stronger, then getting rid of that becomes tough and impossible to do without an expert. So if you start cleaning the dishwasher or sink earlier, then you can skip the phrase. You can easily clean with Bi-carb soda or commercial cleaners. With these solutions, you will be able to get rid of early-stage particle buildups. However, you can look for suggestions on YouTube, you will find hundreds of tutorials.
Do not put Coffee grounds on the Sink
Coffee grounds are the last thing you would want to put into the sink because the coffee grounds expand and clump together and form a tough buildup that blocks the entire pipe. So do not dare to put coffee grounds in the sink, otherwise, you are going to have a really tough time preventing that.
Materials Should Use to Cleaning a Kitchen Sink
- Baking soda
- Paper towels
- White vinegar
- Soft sponge
If you want, you can also use nylon sponge or rag with mild soap for daily cleaning. And if you want to keep the glow of your sink then use all-purpose glass cleaner. That being said, keep in mind that do not over brush the sink and do not use hard sponge since that can damage the sink finish.
So now tell me, are you killing your kitchen sink? I am sure, now you do have an answer. Follow this guideline and you will never have a clogged pipe that makes the entire sink useless. If you need more suggestions or there is anything you are struggling with, do not hesitate to let me know, I’ll try my best to get you out.