2 Possible Reasons Why Your Kitchen Sink's Drain Is Slowing Down

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While attempting to drain your kitchen sink, you may have noticed that the flow of water is much slower than it used to be. When your kitchen sink's drain starts slowing down, there are a couple of possible reasons why this is happening.

1.  Fats, Oils, and Other Sticky Types of Grime Have Built Up Inside of the Drain Pipe

One possible reason why your kitchen sink drain has started to slow down is that a sticky coating of fat, oil, and other grime has built up on the inside of the drain pipe. When you rinse your plates and pans or use the garbage disposal for fatty foods, the residue has a tendency to stick to the surface of the pipes.

Because this coating is not water-soluble, it will remain while attracting small particles of food and other debris as they flow through the pipes. Eventually, the layer of the coating will grow to the point that it not only attracts more food, but it also closes up enough to allow smaller amounts of water to pass through at one time, thus slowing down the water flow.

To help remedy this situation, there are a couple of things you can do. First, be careful what you put down the drain and garbage disposal, avoiding fatty foods, grease, and oil.

Second, you can pour a half of a cup each of baking soda and vinegar down the drain a couple of times a month. The foaming reaction they cause can help break up the residue. Once you pour these down the drain and wait about a half an hour, follow with a couple of cups of boiling water to flush the pipes.

2.  Tree Roots Are Catching and Accumulating Solid Particles

Another possible reason why the drain is slowing down is that the drain pipe has tree roots growing inside of it. If you have large trees near your kitchen, this is a possibility.

Even if you were to cut down the tree, the roots would still be present in the pipe. To help clear out the pipe, you need to have a professional service that uses special equipment to cut through the roots safely without causing further damage.

No matter what is causing the issue, if your drain is slowing down, it may be only a matter of time before your kitchen sink stops up completely. Before this situation has a chance to happen, contact a drain cleaning service to have them send someone to look at your drain and take the necessary action to get it flowing freely once again.

For more information, reach out to a drain cleaning service today.

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