Kitchen sink clogs can be a big pain. Luckily, these four household tips can help you prevent them.

1. Install a Garbage Disposal

If you don't have a garbage disposal, you're really missing out. Even though you can't put everything in your garbage disposal, it does help make cooking and cleaning up a lot easier because you don't have to stop and scrape everything into the trash can. The main benefit -- other than convenience -- is the fact that it can break down the things that end up in your sink and can help prevent them from causing clogs.

2. Keep the Water Running

There is a misconception that running hot water when you pour grease and other no-nos down the drain helps prevent clogs. This isn't really true, and grease can still congeal further in the pipes as it cools and cause major problems. Overall, though, keeping the water running when you're cleaning up the kitchen will help keep things moving through your pipes properly, so if something that shouldn't end up in the drain does, there is less of a chance a problem.

3. Clean it Regularly

Here's an easy at-home, DIY trick for cleaning your drains: pretend like you're at the school science fair again, and make a "volcano explosion" with baking soda and vinegar. The reaction that is so fun to watch is actually really handy too because it helps get rid of build-up in your drain and can help prevent clogs. Along with helping to keep things moving through the drain and plumbing like they are supposed to, it can also get rid of any odors that you might be experiencing.

4. Hire a Pro for a Professional Cleaning

Even if you do everything right, there's still a chance something will end up in your drain when it shouldn't. This is why it's worth your while to hire a professional for a pro drain cleaning every once in a while. If you notice that your drain is moving a little slowly, if there is an odor coming from your drain, if something has gone down the sink that shouldn't have or if it's just been a while, you can benefit from a professional cleaning.

Kitchen sink clogs are a gross and potentially messy inconvenience. If you want to prevent them, it's smart to follow these four tips. Then, you should have a clean, fresh-smelling and totally functional kitchen drain so that you can worry about other things rather than stressing over clogs and plumbing problems.