The kitchen is one of the most highly used rooms within any home. Meals are prepared in the kitchen, homework is completed at kitchen counters, and families gather around kitchen tables to spend time with one another.

A functional kitchen is critical to the convenience of your home. Plumbing plays a central role in determining how well your kitchen is equipped to meet the needs of your family. You need to be proactive in caring for your kitchen plumbing to prevent problems that might leave your kitchen out of commission.

1. Clean your sink drain often.

Kitchen sinks see a significant amount of use throughout the course of a day. These sinks must be cared for properly to prevent serious clogs that can render the sink unusable. Take the time to clean out your sink drain often so that fats, oils, and grease don't build up within the drain and create a clog.

You can use baking soda and vinegar to give your drain a good rinse, or you can contact a professional plumber to thoroughly scrub out any gunk that may be limiting the flow of fluids down your kitchen drain.

2. Take the time to maintain your dishwasher.

Most modern kitchens are equipped with a dishwasher. These appliances have helped to significantly reduce the amount of time required to clean up after preparing a family meal.

Dishwashers rely on a functional plumbing system to access the water needed to clean your dishes. This water is delivered to the dishwasher via a series of flexible plastic tubes. The diameter of both the supply and drain tubes in your dishwashers is smaller than you might think. Food particles left behind on dishes can clog up these lines, leaving you with a dishwasher that might overfill and leak out onto your kitchen floor.

Scrape excess food into the garbage and rinse off all dishes before placing them into the dishwasher. This will help to keep your dishwasher clean and functional over time.

3. Install a garbage disposal.

The kitchen is the primary location where food preparation occurs. This means that the sink in your kitchen drain can become contaminated with stray food particles. These particles might clog up the drain, so it's important that you can successfully eliminate them before flushing them down the sink's drain.

A garbage disposal is designed to do just that. The rotating blades of a garbage disposal break up large food particles into small pieces that can safely  move through drainage pipes. Contact your plumber to install a garbage disposal in your kitchen if you do not already have access to one.

For more care tips, contact a local kitchen plumber.