Water damage from an overflowing sink can create more than just a wet mess in your household. Serious water damage to your property can result, If it gets out of control.
Keep in mind that most sink overflows happen because of a clogged drain. To avoid a sink overflow and water damage to your kitchen or bathroom, you need to keep the drain clear. Water needs to flow down the drain to the sewers. Here are a few tips to keep your drains clear and eliminate clogged drains and water damage:
1 – Scrape food scraps from dishes, if food scraps and particles accumulate, they can form a solid clog that may cause a sink overflow and water damage.
2 – Keep fat, grease and oil from your sink, they may look fluid but these oils can solidify in your pipes and a clog.
3 – Hair can be another big problem, try to keep hair out of your drains. Use a screened basket to catch hair from your showers and bathroom sinks. Hair can stick to the drain and clog the pipes too.
4 – Keep kids from playing with small items in the sink, small toys or cloth can plug drains easily. Action figures, small dolls, and cars are very difficult to clear from a sink drain.
If and when a sink overflow does happen, you can try and apply some quick fixes to save yourself some money that you would otherwise have to pay a licensed plumber. Follow the procedure below to troubleshoot a clogged sink that threatens to flood your home: