How To Prevent A Kitchen Drain Clog

How To Prevent A Kitchen Drain Clog

Drain clogs are common, but preventable, so we’ll show you how to prevent a kitchen drain clog. The best way is to simply be cautious about the things dumped into them. Things such as grease, hair, coffee grinds, and soapy crust can easily clog up the drain. But, people think that with water, they can simply flow through and out of the entire pipe.

It is not true. With cooking grease, collect in a can and dump it in the waste bin. Do the same with coffee grounds or mix them with the rest of the mulch in the garden. Get one of those filters to protect the drain’s opening and collect all of those things listed crust that could fall in. Most of these filters can be placed in easily.

Cleaning Your Drain On A Regular Basis

Cleaning the drain regularly helps a lot. To keep kitchen drains running freely people can do these various tests. First, the can let hot water flow in the sink as they keep foods’ oils going through the drain and not build up along the pipes that can become smudge inside and bottleneck the entire system of water coming through.

Next, put in some baking soda and run it through with hot water. Baking soda can clean up things and it’s also good in sucking in foul smells so the drain doesn’t smell like a garbage dumpster.

Using Vinegar To Clear Your Drains

A third option is to decant a cup of vinegar down the drain for 30 minutes and have it settle in before washing it with hot water. Like baking soda, vinegar is great for cleaning because of its ingredients that help get rid of buildup of crud in the pipes.

If the kitchen drain is consistently clogged and it can’t be replaced, there are advanced ways of keeping it clear. Get a half-cup of the following: salt, vinegar, and baking soda, plus four pints of very hot water. Overnight, to let it seep in to break up the clogging, put the salt/baking soda mix in the drain, wait one minute, and then pour the vinegar, wait another minute, and finally run it all through with the water.

With sinks that have garbage disposal systems inside, fill it with ice cubes frozen with vinegar and some water, and turn it on. Another reason for the vinegar is that it’s an acid not too strong, but strong enough to scrape the grease and crud off the walls with the frozen water.

Vinegar is truly not just for salads, but it’s also not a happy smelling liquid. Those ice cubes can be laced with lemon juice to offset the heavy scent. That way the drain/garbage disposal will have a god citrus scent when finished. If not thrilled with vinegar, then go with lye, a key ingredient added in cleaners. Lye can thaw out the soap crud and loosen the hair trapped inside. Pour some down the drain, run it through with a bit of warm water, and give it a few hours before using it again. Use a small amount of lye because it is a strong agent that can do more harm than good.

Unclog the kitchen drain with prevention and advanced, but simple cleaning techniques. However, I’d stick with the prevention side.

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3 Tips To Save Electricity

3 Tips To Save Electricity

Nowadays it has become important to pinch every penny we can when it comes to paying our bills. In the age of technology, we find that our electricity bill often comes out as one of the heaviest bills. Some of the best ways to save on your electricity bill include the following 3 little known tips!
3 Tips To Save Electricity

1. Up-keeping Your Appliances

The quality of your appliances often degrades after each use which can make them less efficient. The less efficient they are, the more electricity you need to use to get the job done like restarting your dryer in order to dry your laundry load. Therefore, maintaining your appliance is a must-do to help you save on your electricity. You can maintain your appliances by:

  • Cleaning them weekly or after each use (cleaning the lint trap, clearing out the dishwasher, or cleaning the AC)
  • Make sure appliances with bulbs have the right watts and bulbs
  • Be sure you are using the appliance correctly (loading dishing into the dishwasher correctly or using the right microwave setting)
  • Putting them in the right location (a thermostat can be effected by direct sunlight and drafts)

The better maintained your appliances are, the better they will perform. You will be surprised how much electricity you can save by keeping your appliances in tip-top shape!

2. Using Cold Water

Speaking of appliances, studies have shown that you can save up to $63 a year when using washing laundry with cold water. The hot water you use to wash clothes AND shower adds up at the end of every month. You can cut the amount of hot water you use by only using cold water for your laundry. Not only will you find that using cold water to wash laundry helps you save on your electricity bill but it also has other benefits. Cold water is known to:

  • Not mistreat your clothes’ fabrics
  • Maintain elasticity of clothes with elastic bands
  • Prevent the growth of bacteria on your clothes and in your washer
  • Maintains the shape of your clothes

Overall, there are plenty of good reasons to switch to using cold water when doing laundry. The biggest and best reason is that using cold water can help you save on your electricity bill.

3. Unplugging Standy

Another little-known tip for saving on your electricity bill, is to unplug electronics that are on standby. When an electronic is on standby, it means that the appliance is plugged into a socket, is put on standby mode and is not in use. Putting the electronic on standby can save more money than having them plugged in but not as much than if they are unplugged. The best solution is to plug a safe amount of electronics into a power strip or a smart outlet.

By using a power strip or smart outlet, you can just switch it on when you are using one of the electronics and just switch it off when you’re not using one. You will find that you can save up to 10% on your electricity bill using this method.

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