The most common reason why your kitchen sink is clogged is because of stuck food debris, corrosion, rusting, etc. It’s very inconvenient having a blocked drain since your kitchen chores can be slowed down or just delayed. If you ever face this plumbing problem, you can use some of the tips below to help you unclog a kitchen sink.
1.Always use a plunger first
Before using more complex and time-consuming methods, make sure you have tried unclogging the drain with a plunger first. It’s an easy solution and doesn’t require much plumbing skill. Also, you might be tempted to use chemical drain cleaners or you have been already using these type of products–whatever the case, you should avoid or stop using this cleaner. Why? It’s because the chemicals have acidic properties that corrode and damage pipes, especially old ones. However, if you have already poured chemical drainers then you shouldn’t plunge or even use a drain snake since there is a high chance that the chemicals will spill and splash. As mentioned earlier, the chemicals are extremely corrosive and acidic.
In working with a plunger, use a downward movement to strengthen the pressure and force down the clog debris. Afterwards, apply an upward motion to lower the pressure and break down the clog debris. Repeat this procedure for a few times or until the debris is completely collapsed. The trash can be taken out at the lower portion of the sink.
2. Unclogging Two Sinks
Some of you might have a double sink and are quite confused on how to remove the clogs. First of all, you need to cover one of the sinks. This is necessary since the pressure of the plunger will just go out the other sink if it’s not closed. You can use a clean wet cloth or a stopper to seal one of the sinks. Alternatively, if you have someone to help you out, both of you can simultaneously use a plunger on each of the sink since the pressure will have no way out.
3. Baking Soda and Vinegar Mixture
Did the plunger method fail after retrying a couple of times? If so, then proceed with this solution. This is basically a homemade drain cleaner that’s safer and more effective than chemical cleaners. If there is stagnant water on the sink, drain it out first before proceeding with these steps. Pour a cup of baking soda into the drain. If the baking soda keeps sticking out, use something like a stick to force it into the drain. After that, pour a cup of vinegar. You can put a stopper in order for the vinegar to directly enter the drain. Allow five minutes for the solution to subside. Put four cups of hot water in the drain. Test the sink if the water can now freely drain. If the problem still continues, repeat the whole process again.
4. Clogs Still Persist
In this case, you really need a help of an expert plumber in your local area. They can easily examine what’s wrong with your kitchen sink and provide you with the best solutions. Just be sure that they’re licensed and have a good reputation in the community.