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Keep a Clogged Sink From Ruining Your Summer Cookout!

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Keep Your Kitchen Sink Clear for Your 4th of July Cookout!

There’s nothing worse than a clogged kitchen sink when there’s still so much to do to get ready for a cookout. Independence Day is the perfect day for a cookout with friends and family, but when the sink is stopped up, there’s nothing much to do but drop everything and work on getting it unclogged. Pouring chemicals down the drain works sometimes, but it’s not the best for the environment, and it doesn’t work half the time, anyway. 

The best thing to do is prevent the clog in the first place. So read on to find out pro tips for avoiding a clogged sink this Independence Day. 

Food Waste No-Nos


Certain things shouldn’t go down the drain. Most things, if they’re small enough, are just fine to go down there. They simply get washed away with the water, and they don’t cause any problems. The occasional crumb or some residue and debris left on the plates is fine, but things get a little trickier when other things are involved. 

Larger pieces of food waste down the kitchen sink are just asking for a clog (unless there’s a garbage disposal). Even if the pieces look small enough to slip between the drain catch in the sink, they can cause problems when they get down there. They can get stuck against the sides of the pipe and build up over time. The same can be said for coffee grounds. Putting these down the drain can cause a clog quickly, so it’s best just to throw them away. 

Skip the Grease

Another thing to keep out of the drain is grease. This may seem counterintuitive. After all, grease is liquid, right? Well, sometimes. Anyone who has ever let a pan used to cook bacon sit for an hour knows that grease solidifies as it cools. So, imagine putting grease down the drain when it’s still warm. All good, right? Not quite. 

Pouring grease down the drain while it’s warm may cause some of the grease to get washed down with the water, but much of it will stick around and solidify. Pretty soon, there’s a large buildup of grease clogging the sink and ruining the holiday celebration! The best thing to do with grease is to let it cool and then scrape it off into the trash. 

Get a Garbage Disposal 

garbage disposalThe best way to prevent a kitchen sink clog is by installing a garbage disposal. Although putting coffee grounds or grease down the garbage disposal isn’t a good idea, most food waste is no problem. This is because garbage disposal breaks down food waste into tiny pieces that have no problem flowing down the drain with cold water. 

Getting a garbage disposal takes the headache out of kitchen work. A professional plumber can help install the disposal quickly and easily. For many homeowners who like to cook and entertain, a garbage disposal is a must-have! 

About First Choice Plumbing Inc

First Choice Plumbing Inc has been proud to serve Gainesville, FL for over ten years. They are fully licensed, bonded, and insured. They provide same-day kitchen plumbing services in Gainesville with up-front pricing, not to mention their stellar workmanship!