Clogged kitchen sinks are one of the most common drainage issues homeowners face. And what’s more, it’s a very uncomfortable and unpleasant sight. Imagine going to the sink to do your dishes and finding out that the drain is clogged and water cannot flow down easily.
Most clogged drainages are caused by food debris, oil, fat, and soap particles. They clog the sink and make it hard for water to go down the drain quickly. While it is tempting to put a call through to the plumbers, there are a few DIY hacks you could try first before making that call.
In this article, we will be looking at five simple steps you could take to free your kitchen sink from clogs and save you from the discomfort and embarrassment of dealing with a clogged kitchen sink.
Use Boiling Water
When faced with a clogged sink, the first thing you should try is to pour boiling water down the drain. That is about the most straightforward remedy to clogged sinks and drainages. Boiling water helps neutralize the particles and debris causing the blockage, especially if it’s oil, grease, or soap particles, and in many cases, it can flush it all down, and your sink will be back to normal.
Do not try this method if you have plastic pipes (PVC) because hot water could melt the lines and cause more damage. If you use plastic pipes, you may want to stick to using a plunger to get debris out.
Using this method, turn on the faucet to see how water flows after pouring hot water down the drain. If the blockage persists, try the process again. However, the blockage could be more persistent in some cases and require more than just boiling water.
Maybe it’s the Garbage Disposal
In many cases, the blockage may be due to a clog in the disposal. Switching on the disposal should clear the clog, but it could mean that food particles or other substances are stuck between the blades if that is unsuccessful. You can attempt to unclog it by turning the blades manually in a bid to free it. Please make sure not to stick your hands in the blades; they’re sharp. Use pliers instead.
If this does not work, you can explore the following option to unclog your kitchen sink.
Try a Plunger
If the problem is not from the garbage disposal, you can try using a plunger. Plungers are standard home tools for this occasion, and they can come in handy if you use them properly. A flat-bottomed plunger is most suitable for this, but you can make do with what you have is a toilet plunger.
Follow the following simple steps to use the plunger effectively:
Secure the drain with a rag and fill the sink with some hot water
Place the plunger in position over the drain and begin plunging
Check to see if the water runs freely after a few plunges
Repeat the process until the drainage is free
Baking Soda and Vinegar
As opposed to using any form of chemicals or bleach, this method is safer and not harmful to you or your sink. Baking soda and vinegar are everyday home items used for many other things, and they can do the trick to your kitchen sink.
Firstly, remove any water that is left in the sink with a cup.
Then pour a good amount of baking soda down the drain.
Pour in one cup of vinegar.
Seal the drainage opening and allow it to settle for some minutes.
Pour hot water down the drain to melt away other stubborn residue and particles. Following this simple method could do the trick, and you can have your kitchen sink back. Repeat the process as much as you deem necessary to rid the sink of this debris completely..
Following this simple method could do the trick, and you can have your kitchen sink back. Repeat the process as much as you deem necessary to rid the sink of this debris completely.
Use a Hanger
This trick is ingenious and effective, especially if you know and maybe see what’s causing the blockage. Sometimes, the clog could be caused by hair, jewelry, or huge chunks of food particles. Using a wire cloth hanger or a plumber’s snake if you have one can do the trick. All you need do is straighten the hanger to go down the drain while you carefully pick out the particles causing the blockage.
Run hot water down the drain after this to see how successful you were.
Trying these few tricks could save you the expenses of having a plumber check it. But in many cases, a plumber is what we need. In cases where you find it hard to unclog the sink even after trying all these methods, it may be time to leave it to the professionals.