If someone asked you if there is something worse than doing the dishes, your answer would probably be ‘No’. But there is. Although a common plumbing problem in any household, a clogged kitchen sink can be quite annoying. It is the dreaded disaster. However, it happens often. Due to daily use, debris slowly builds up in the drainpipes of the sink causing it to get clogged.
Fortunately, unclogging a kitchen sink is not a difficult task and does not require calling a plumber. It is really a simple DIY project. There are few pretty simple ways you can try to unclog your kitchen sink. Here are a few.
Use A Plunger
The first step to unclog a kitchen sink is to use a plunger. A common household plunger can get the job done. The secret to unclogging a kitchen sink with a plunger is knowing how to use this ‘rubber cap on long handle’ device correctly. Therefore, plunge both sides of the kitchen sink to try to clear the stoppage. When correctly used, a plunger can be a very effective tool.
Remove The Trap
If your clogged kitchen sink cannot be cleared with a plunger, the next thing to try is removing the trap. Although the shape of the trap has an important purpose, it can also become easily clogged with debris washed down the sink drain. By removing the drain trap, you will have direct access to the clog, making it easy to clear it out.
If the above mentioned two ways do not give any results and your sink is still clogged, try to snake the drain. The mini-rooter or medium drain machine is the best option for a kitchen sink drain. If you don’t have a drain machine, you can rent one. This makes a much more affordable option than purchasing a drain snake.
If clogs become a common occurrence on your kitchen sink, using a mild drain cleaner on a regular basis may be a good idea. When you notice that the kitchen sink draining is getting slow, using a drain cleaner may avoid a complete blockage.
You can make your own drain cleaner with ingredients that you have in your kitchen. For that you will need:
- ½ cup baking soda
- ½ cup white vinegar
Instructions: Pour the baking soda down the drain. Next the white vinegar. An acid reaction should occur. Next pour hot water.