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To avoid serious plumbing issues, you should unclog a kitchen sink as soon as possible. Fortunately, there are various DIY techniques that you can try to unclog your sink. If these methods do not work, or if you do not have the equipment, we recommend hiring a plumber to help you.

1. Pour Boiling Water Down the Drain

Using boiling water is a good first step and alternative to Drano. Since some chemical drain cleaners can damage your pipes, you should try natural approaches first. All need to do is boil half a gallon of water on your stovetop and then pour the water directly into the drain. After you finish pouring the boiling water, turn on the sink and see if the water drains normally. If it is still draining slowly, you can repeat this technique a few times, or try another method.

2. Use Vinegar and Baking Soda

Vinegar paired with baking soda creates a chemical reaction that can break down residue, hair, and grease that could be clogging your drain. Before attempting, make sure to remove all of the standing water from your sink. Place a cup of baking soda in the drain and use a spoon to push it further down the drain, if needed. Then, put a cup of white vinegar into the drain and seal the concoction with a cover. After the white vinegar and baking soda sit for 15 minutes, you should let hot water run down the drain.

3. Buy a Drain Snake

You can buy a drain snake at virtually any hardware or chain grocery store. If it is a deep clog, we recommend using a professional plumber, as their snakes can break up the deepest of clogs. The snake has a coil design that picks up debris as you move it up and down the drain. After inserting the snake a few times into the drain, be sure to let hot water go down the drain. Be mindful that you can make the clog worse if you are too rough with the snake, so work your way up and down gently.

4. Use a Plunger

Maybe people don’t realize that you can use a toilet plunger for your sink. This technique requires that you fill the sink up with hot water, about halfway full. Use the plunger to repeatedly push against the drain. If it works, you should begin to see particles coming up from the drain, and the water will eventually start to drain. Don’t spend too long trying to plunge your sink if this method doesn’t work – call a plumber instead.

5. Check the P-Trap

The P-Trap is the pipe underneath your sink, and you can temporarily remove it and clean residue that is causing a clog. Make sure to place a bucket underneath the P-trap, as it could get messy when you first remove it. Unbolt the trap and either use a rag or a drain snake to clean out any gunk in the pipe that is causing the clog.

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