How to Effectively Unclog Your Kitchen Sink

How to Effectively Unclog Your Kitchen Sink

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You can’t spend a day doing anything in the kitchen without using the sink. It is an essential member of the kitchen, yet many people don’t see it as such until they run into some trouble with it. When the sink ends up clogged, there is absolutely nothing you can do in the kitchen. Here is how to tackle that situation and unclog it.

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A. Get a Plunger

To unclog the sink using a plunger follow the following steps:

1. Turn on the hot water end let it fill the sink a little.

2. Place the plunger directly above the drain. Some people have double sinks, and in that case you should close the unclogged one with a towel or cloth in order to avoid letting the pressure escape.​

​3. Quickly move the plunger up and down. Repeat several times and check if the water starts to go down.

4. If the water still doesn’t move, keep repeating step 3 until it does.

B. Mix a Solution of Baking Soda and Vinegar

1. Before you do anything, protect your hands with rubber gloves. Remove the water already accumulated in the sink using cups or bowls.

2. Take a cup of baking soda and put it down the drain. If it doesn’t go down by itself, employ a fork or a spatula to make it go down.

3. Take a cup of vinegar and let it down the drain. It is essential that you put a stopper on the opening to ensure the chemical reaction focuses towards the clog.

4. Let the reaction go for 5 minutes and do its work. After 5 minutes remove the stopper and run a little amount of warm water to check if the problem is gone.

5. If the water still stays in the sink, take it up a notch. Take 4 cups of boiling hot water and pour it down the drain. That should be enough. If not, repeat the procedure again.

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C. Get a Cable Auger

1. Make necessary preparations first. Place a bucket in the cabinet under the sink, under the pipes to stop water spilling all over your kitchen cabinets and floors.

2. Disconnect the trap. That is the bent pipe which is located under the horizontal and vertical pipes.

+ Pipes should be easily unscrewed by hand. Try and to that.

+ In case they are too tightly screwed to be undone by hand, carefully use a pipe wrench to loosen them.

3. Allow for the trapped water to go into the bucket you placed there earlier. Visually inspect the trap for clogs.

+ If you see that the trap is the clogged part, clean it and reattach it. Check if the problem is solved by running some water.​

4. Pull out the horizontal pipe which serves to connect the trap and the stub wall pipe. Insert the cable auger into the stub pipe to check for clogs.

5. Insert about 18” (46cm) of cable inside the stub pipe.

6. Set the handle to turn clockwise and push it further forward into the stub pipe.

+ When you feel the cable auger has got onto something, change the direction to counter clockwise and pull back.

+ If you feel more resistance switch between clock and counter clockwise direction until you make sure the cable has got onto every piece causing the clog.​

7. Pull the cable completely from the pipe. Reattach the pipes you previously disconnected.

8. Run a certain amount of hot water in the sink to see if the water goes down the drain unobstructed. If it does, but still not as fast as expected, use a plunger to remove the remaining debris.

It’s everyone’s nightmare when the kitchen sink gets clogged. You can’t prepare your meal, and if the problem persists for a while, your kitchen will become a complete mess because of all the dishes that pile up waiting to be washed.

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