The kitchen sink is often put to the test and sometimes it becomes partially or totally blocked, bringing with it its inconveniences. The primary function of a sink is to allow the flow and evacuation of wastewater. Food residues, grease clogs, limescale, or scale are all factors that can clog your sink. Fortunately, many solutions exist to allow you to efficiently unclog your kitchen sink. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the things you need to know about unclogging your kitchen sink.
1. Call a plumbing professional
Plumbers in the capital are accustomed to dealing with kitchen sink clogs. The safest solution when dealing with a clogged sink is to call a professional. Although the cost is higher than all other solutions, the intervention of a plumber ensures that your pipes will be as good as new while at the same time avoiding all the complications that can arise if you decide to take care of it yourself.
2. Use hot water and soap
For the more experienced, it is possible to unclog your kitchen sink yourself. The simplest and most affordable solution, using hot water and soap, can be effective when your pipes are only partially clogged. To do this, get a bucket, fill it with hot water and add soap. Pour the mixture into your sink and see if the water flow improves. If it doesn’t, stop pouring the hot soapy water to avoid overflow.
3. Use baking soda
Baking soda is very useful when your sink is completely clogged with residue or grease. The first step is to remove any standing water from your sink before pouring a dose of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar down your drain. Then wait 20 minutes before pouring boiling water over the mixture.
This is one of those grandma’s tricks that everyone ought to know because it is a rather cheap and effective way to unclog your kitchen sink and will get rid of most clogs. After pouring the baking soda and vinegar down your drain, wait up to fifteen minutes and pour hot water down the drain afterward, and it should do the job.
4. Unclogging with a tool
Some tools can help you unclog your sink. Among them, the plunger creates a draft that allows the clog to rise. The plumber’s tool requires you to slide it from the drain to the clog and then rotate it until it catches the clog and pulls it up. Finally, it is also possible to use an unfolded coat hanger, or any other metal rod, in the form of a hook. However, be careful not to break it inside your pipe, which will require the systematic intervention of a plumber to extract it.
5. Dismantle the trap
If none of the previous solutions have been successful, it is a good idea to attempt to disassemble your drain trap in order to remove the clog by hand. Knowing a little about plumbing before starting such a task is recommended, especially for old sinks, where reassembly can quickly become complicated. Beware of stagnant water in the pipe. Place a basin or bucket under the trap to avoid getting it everywhere.
Caution with the use of chemicals
The use of chemicals to unclog your kitchen sink is generally not recommended. Easily found in any specialized store, chemical unclogging products are very corrosive. Although very effective in destroying your clog, they can damage your pipes and, in extreme cases, dissolve your seals. Also, note that they are toxic products that are dangerous for your health and the environment.
If you decide to use them anyway, remember to wear gloves and goggles in case of splashes, and never use two different chemicals. Indeed, you are not safe from a hazardous chemical reaction, which can cause significant damage. Don’t go heavy with the chemical because, down the line, it will corrode the pipes and will cause major problems, and you will have to call a plumber to change the whole pipe system.
Chemicals are useful, but you should be moderate with them, use the amount indicated on the bottle, and use less because it will only eat away at the pipes and won’t unclog the pipe faster. We recommend you use them as a last-ditch effort and if you have a major clog try our other tricks before turning to chemicals.
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