Garage Utility Sinks: Be Careful Of What You Allow Down The Drain

31 March 2020
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If you have utility sinks in your garage, you may use them to carry out many household tasks. But over time, the items you allow down your utility sinks can clog up or damage the plumbing system in your garage and home. Here are things you shouldn't allow down your utility sinks and what you may do if these things clog up or damage your plumbing.

What Shouldn't You Allow in Your Utility Sinks?

Not only do utility sinks make it easier to clean tools and towels, they can also make it easier to wash dirty work clothes, paint brushes, and vehicles. However, the dirt, grease, oil, and paint flowing down your sink drains can cause problems for your plumbing and the environment later. 

Although some sources recommend watering down or thinning chemicals, such as paint, before you allow them down your utility drains, you want to avoid doing so. Paint thinners, household paint, and other types of chemicals may degrade plumbing pipes as well as harm the community and the environment over time. 

Try to avoid placing motor oil of any kind or consistency down your sinks. Motor oil can clog up your plumbing and harm the environment. If you need to wash the oil off your clothing, equipment, or tools, do so in a large bucket. Pour the contents of the bucket into a milk jug until you can discard it safely.

If you do encounter a problem with your utility sinks, such as a bad clog or leak, don't try to fix it yourself. Have a residential plumbing technician take a look at your utility sinks instead.

How Do You Service Your Utility Sinks?

Utility sinks can be difficult to work on once they experience a problem. If you try to clear out a clog with chemicals, you may damage the pipes in your sinks even further. Some drain cleaning solutions can break down the lining inside plumbing pipes. A contractor can unclog your utility sinks with an auger, a degreasing treatment, or another professional method. 

If a leak occurs in one of your utility sink pipes, a contractor may need to use a metering device to locate it. Depending on the plumbing system in your garage, the pipes connected to your utility sinks can be hidden behind the walls or concrete flooring in your garage. Once a contractor locates the leak, they can repair it. 

After a technician takes care of your utility sinks, they may place a strainer inside each sink's drain to catch dirt and other particles before they enter the pipes. If necessary, a contractor may place a sump box and pump on your sinks. The devices can help catch and contain substances before they enter the plumbing system.

If you need residential plumbing services for your utility sinks, speak to a contractor today.