A clogged kitchen sink is a problem that your local plumber should have no trouble fixing for you, but in the meantime, you'll be forced to use a different sink -- which can be a major inconvenience. The good news is that once your kitchen sink is once again draining properly, you can take a series of steps to ensure that it stays that way. In many cases, a homeowner's approach to using the sink is what causes the clog in the first place. Here are some mistakes to avoid to reduce the risk of once again having to hire your plumber to fix your clogged kitchen sink.

Pouring Cooking Oil Down The Sink

When you've been deep frying or pan frying your food, you'll have a significant amount of cooking oil or melted butter that requires disposal after the meal. It's easy to simply pour it down your sink, but doing so long-term will increase the risk of a clog -- or, at the very least, a slowly draining sink. The oil can coat the inside of the pipes leading from the kitchen sink all the way to your home's main drain line -- and each time you add more oil, this coating gets thicker. Eventually, it will become thick enough that it restricts the flow of water. Always dispose of your cooking oils in another manner -- such as pouring them into a container with a lid and placing it in the garbage.

Scraping Off Your Plates Into The Sink

Scraping food residue from your plates before loading them into the dishwasher can ensure that they're sparkling clean by the end of the washing cycle, but this habit shouldn't come at the expense of your kitchen sink. Get in the habit of scraping your plates into the garbage; you can still rinse them under the sink before loading the dishwasher, but the plates should be clear of any large pieces of food at this point.

Throwing Powdery Substances Into The Sink

Powdery substances such as flour and coffee grounds might seem small enough that they won't cause trouble for your kitchen sink, but they can easily accumulate in the bottom of the trap of the sink pipe and build a barrier over time. Be cognizant of any fine powdery substances that might be in your dishcloth -- for example, if you're wiping down the counter after you've done some baking, shake any excess flour in the cloth into the garbage instead of into the sink.

For more tips, contact a local plumbing service like Lewis Plumbing.