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Unwashed Pots Block Drains and Breed Bacteria

The news that your kitchen sink contains more germs than your toilet might come as something as a shock – you might even tell yourself that it can’t be possible, but it’s true. When you pile up dirty dishes and don’t scrape food scraps into the bin, these things can fester and spread disease in the sink. With most household waste going into your drain (especially if you have a waste disposal unit fitted in to shred food) it really shouldn’t be a shock that parts of your bathroom floor could be cleaner than your sink.

On top of the harmful bacteria and disease that can make its home in your sink, you’ll get the added problem of a blocked plughole. While you leave food stuffs to slide and slither their way into your drain, they are clogging and cloying up the pipework. Some of the main offenders are coffee grounds, rice, oil and grease, with the latter two providing sticky points to pick up other waste matter. If you think that “out of sight” means “out of mind” then think again.

Eventually you’ll have a backed-up sink or a slow draining one and you’ll wonder why it is happening, but there are ways to unclog and avoid these messy situations. Clearly the first thing to do is not let pots and pans pile up in the sink, and make sure you scrape plates clean first.

Regular bleach washes for your sink will kill bacteria, and a bit down the drain itself will help the breakdown of any waste that manages to get past you. If you do still get a blockage then a plunging should help dislodge it.

There can be 500,000 bacteria per square inch inside your drain; couple that with the unwashed pots and you’ll have E. coli and salmonella before you know it. Only a regular cleaning regime and keeping on top of your dirty pots will keep you free from bacteria and your drain free from blockages.

Even if you have a garbage disposal system – more popular over in America – you should avoid putting the main offending items previously mentioned into your drain. You might think that it is being shredded, but even small chunks of solid matter will eventually clog up in your pipework. Should you have a lot of excess food waste then a better idea might be to have a composter so that you recycle these items rather than letting them fester beneath your sink.

If any large debris makes it out of your pipework, it will be filtered at a wastewater treatment plant. The water, now void of food, hair and any other nasty items, will then be cleaned and sent back out into larger bodies of water. You can create this filtering at home with a strainer in your drain, which will catch food particles before they get anywhere near your drain.

If your drain doesn’t manage to rid itself of a blockage, then you should call Clearfirst Drainage, we have a range of drain unblocking equipment and CCTV surveys to help identify and eradicate any blockages.

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