Did you know that hot water has the power to melt and soften grease? Did you know that pouring boiling hot water down your bathroom and kitchen drains weekly can work wonders at keeping your drains clean and clog-free? Knowing how to keep your drain clear, without relying on harsh chemicals is as important not just for your pocket book but also the environment.
Grease is one of the major causes of blockages in your kitchen, and learning how to prevent it can save you from having to call the plumber and spending a lot of money. Cleaning your kitchen sink can help in preventing grease and a buildup of gunk, which coat the drain causing it to back up. Every time you run cold water, the bits of oil and grease in the drain solidify, capturing dirt, more oil and even soap growing larger each time. If you can melt these tiny deposits before they get too large, you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle in the future, which is why you need to pour two to three cups of boiling water directly down the drain weekly. If you’re boiling pasta, steaming vegetables, or something similar, you can conserve water, by using that water, just make sure to pour the boiling water straight into the drain.
If the clog is a little larger, you can add a bit of dish washing detergent to the water and then pour it down your kitchen or bathroom drain. The mixture works in two ways. First the hot water melts the grease and then dish soap will dissolve the oil, helping the water flush it down.
Now that you know the power of hot water, don’t wait for your kitchen sink to clog. You can start making it part of your weekly cleaning. It only takes a few minutes and the results are well worth it.