Have you ever walked into your home and been immediately hit with a foul odor? It has happened to me too many times to count, but I am never happy about it. The most recent time this happened, the smell was in the kitchen and nothing I did seemed to get rid of it – including taking out the trash. I finally realized the smell was coming from my kitchen sink, or more specifically, my kitchen sink drain.
Your drains have some serious enemies lurking in your home and you need to be aware of them. Top 5 Drain Enemies: Cooking grease, Hair, Soup Scum, Coffee Grounds and Teenagers. Wait…how did the last one get in there? Oh, that’s right, because they do really stupid things, like put a whole bunch of food down the garbage disposal, but never actually turn it on. Do you have a neighbor that wants to visit all the time and never leave? Just invite them over while that lovely aroma is wafting through your home. Consider your problem solved.
Solutions to Drain Enemies: This is one is so painfully obvious I hate to even mention it, but don’t let teenagers live in your home. Their brains tell them they are geniuses that no longer need guidance, but their actions are just mind numbingly dumb. There should be a half-way house for them. Wait…wait…there is – it’s called college. Almost there, folks, almost there, except for the other three…
Dispose of all grease (whether from cooking bacon, draining beef or frying chicken) in some sort of container and then throw in the trash. Do not pour it down the drain. Sometimes I use old coffee cans or left-over cans from canned food.
Put a drain grate or screen to catch things before they go down the drain. I have a friend to has this in her kitchen sink and it has caught quite a bit that didn’t need to make it down the drain. This is especially handy in showers and tubs to help prevent hair and soap scum from clogging up your drains.
Clean the blades on your garbage disposal with ice cubes – ice cubes that are part vinegar and part water or small chunks of lemons or limes (peel and all).
Baking soda has many uses including being an excellent cleaning agent so throw some down your drains and follow it with a lot of hot water. Not only will it clean your drains, but it will also help the smells.
If your plumbing seems sluggish or just stopped up all together, call Carmine’s today at 203-791-8089 and we will get everything flowing smoothly again.