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A clogged kitchen sink can be a nightmare. Here are 7 ways to unclog a kitchen sink.
1. Using a Drain Snake
Using the drain snake is very easy. You can buy the snake at any hardware store or home improvement center near you. The first thing you should do is turn off your disposal and then remove any loose items that might be clogging your sink, like hair or food scraps. Once this has been done, it is time to plunge the drain.
To plunge the snake down your sink, you will need to insert it into your sink and then crank a handle on it so that the cable can go down further into your pipe and clear any clogs that might be obstructing the flow of water out of your sink. Turn back on any faucets that might be affecting the water flow after you have finished plunging.
When using a snake, never put it further into your pipes than one foot since anything longer could get stuck in your pipes and then break apart when you try to pull it out. This will cause crumbling of the pipes leading to a bigger clog.
If the clog is not resolved after plunging, then you will have to move on to the next method on how to unclog your kitchen sink.
2. Clean Your Garbage Disposal
Sometimes the source of a clogged kitchen sink can be the garbage disposal. If your garbage disposal seems slow or stopped working altogether, a good way to remedy this is by simply cleaning it out. You can find easy-to-follow directions on how to clean your garbage disposal here: http://www.ehow.com/how_5500039_clean-garbage-disposal.html
3. Use Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar is a brilliant way to unclog the kitchen sink because it contains natural corrosive properties that can dissolve hair and other food scraps that might be clogging your sink.
Before using, make sure you have plenty of water in the sink so that no damage can occur to it while you are applying these two natural products to it. Also, make sure you wear gloves when handling baking soda or vinegar since they can both cause skin irritation if they remain on your skin for too long.
What you need: A spoon or other way to get the baking soda down into the clogged sink. Get a bowl and fill it up with water and white vinegar.
To unclog your sink all you need to do is pour half the bowl of vinegar on top of the clogged garbage disposal area, then put three heaping tablespoons of baking soda in that same place, then use a wooden spoon handle or other kitchen utensil to push the baking soda down deeper into the clog.
Now all you need to do is rinse with water. It’s that simple!
4. Use a Plunger
Using a plunger to unclog your sink is simple. You can use any kind of household plunger that might be available in your home, such as the toilet plunger or even one specifically made for clogged sinks. To apply this method, follow these steps:
– Step 1) Clear up the area around you since using a plunger requires a lot of space and you don’t want anything else distracting you. Also, make sure that no sharp objects are lying around since they could damage the sink or hurt you.
– Step 2) Place the plunger over your drain and push it down then pull it up to create suction and force all water out of your sink.
– Step 3) Repeat until all water is out of your sink, and make sure you have cleared up any excess water so that it will not be sucked into the drain again when you pull the plunger back up.
If you find that you still have a clog even after using the plunger, then you will need to move on to the next method of how to unclog your kitchen sink.
5. Using a Melting Ice Method
Another method that can be used to unclog kitchen sinks is by using the melting ice method. This involves placing some ice cubes into a bowl, covering them with salt, and then pouring boiling water over the mixture.
The idea is that the ice melts when it comes in contact with the hot water into larger pieces which can get stuck inside your sink’s drain. This method is mostly used for thick clogs that are difficult to remove.
6. Using Chemicals
This method is at the bottom because it’s always my last resort (before the professionals). Chemicals are caustic so make sure you are prepared and protected from any reactions that may occur.
You can use a chemical cleaner such as Drano (which can be found at your local grocery store or hardware store) to unclog the drain followed by running plenty of water afterward to make sure all the chemicals are flushed out.
Just like baking soda and vinegar, before you apply any chemical cleaners on your sink, make sure you wear gloves and protect your skin so nothing happens to it while you are using the chemical. Also, make sure you open all of your faucets to help with the flushing of water and chemicals out of your sink.
For any kitchen sinks that have horizontal drains, then the best way to unclog them is by using the liquids method. This involves pouring liquid cleaning products along with water to loosen up any hair or food clogs that might be stuck inside it.
7. Call for Professional Help from Your Plumber
If none of the above methods work, then it is time to hire a plumber to help you unclog your kitchen sink. A professional should be able to get the job done.