As the saying goes: Prevention is better than cure. The same rule applies to your household maintenance. The home drain also falls under such maintenance requirement, especially so if you do cook frequently. This is because there will be oil that are poured down your sink into your drain after yo are done with your cooking. So with this in mind here are some tips on how you can do some weekly maintenance on your sink drainage line.
- Filter: Yes it is that simple. Ensure there is a filter (which you can buy easily at any hardware store for less than $2) in place before washing your dishes.
- Pour hot water down your drain every week or alternate week. One of the main reason for a sink choke is because of oil residues that has harden over time. To increase the effectiveness, consider pouring baking soda and vinegar in prior to pouring the hot water.
- Clear your bottle trap every 6 month. To do this, all you have to do is unscrew the bottle trap below your sink. Once unscrewed, pour the residual away and hand tighten back the bottle trap.
- Pour small amount of chemical declogger that you can purchase of the shelves at NTUC every now and than as part of the maintenance of your sink.
As seen above, taking care of your sink is not really hard. All it takes is just some effort to prevent residuals from flowing down into the pipe and occasional work to prevent the oil from clogging up your pipe. We hope with this your family will have less chances of being bogged down by a sink choke in the future.
Should a choke still occur, you can always call for a plumber to visit your place. Clearing of chokes tend to be in the range of $70-200.