Down the Drain: 10 Do’s and Don’ts for the Kitchen Sink

Unclogging a drain can be a costly inconvenience and a major hassle, sometimes requiring entire sections of piping to be added or removed just to access the clog, especially in older homes. Avoid these hassles by following our simple tips for keeping your kitchen sink and garbage disposal it tip top shape.

  • Do use cold water when running your disposal money down the drain
  • Do add a few drops of dish soap to your disposal each time it runs
  • Do run your disposal on a regular basis to avoid rust
  • Do consider a compost for food waste as an alternative
  • Do add hard items like lemon peels, ice, or even small chicken bones from time to time to keep your disposal clear of build up
  • Don’t add tea leaves, which tend to clog at the S-bend
  • Don’t add items that swell, such as flour, rice, or gelatinous foods
  • Don’t add any fibrous items like onions, celery or corn husks
  • Don’t add potatoes or potato skins, which swell cause clogging
  • Don’t add any fats, oils or any kind of grease

We operate 24/7 and always have a plumber on call nights, weekends and holidays. Do call Robinson’s Plumbing Service for emergency plumbing repairs:

Richmond, Goochland, Powhatan 804-794-0918

Charlottesville 434-244-2989