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9 Ways to Unclog a Kitchen Sink When Nothing Works

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You may notice that the water is backing up and your sink will not drain. There could be residue built up in your drainpipes that have caused the clog.

Other substances such as oil or grease may also be the culprit. As the hot oil or grease drains, it moves in a liquid state until the liquid cools off. The oil or grease then become more solid and coat the insides of your drainpipe slowing drainage or creating a complete blockage. Food particles can also be trapped within the pipe that have commonly caused a clog in the sink. These problems are common.

You don’t have to worry too much as most clogged kitchen sinks can be resolved by using simple techniques and inexpensive tools. Once you have learned the method of unclogging your kitchen sink, it is important to minimize the chances of the problem reoccurring.

Here’s a guide on how to unclog a kitchen sink when nothing works:

1. Unclog the sink with a plunger

You should always keep a plunger ready for a clog problem, as it is a quick solution to fix a drainage clog in the kitchen sink. You place the plunger over the sink drainage and keep the plunger in an upright position. You should plunge about ten times and see if there is any improvement.

The plunger works through suction and compression. It pulls the water from the drain upwards and gradually helps to loosen the clog. There are different plungers for the toilet and the kitchen. Make sure to buy a plunger that is suited for the kitchen sink.

2. Pour hot boiling water into the kitchen sink

You can use this simple technique. Hot water will not work, but boiling water is key to dissolving the substance in your sink. Pour the water directly down the drain. Boiling water is not recommended for PVC pipes. Boiling water can help with small clogs and can be the fastest method to flush your drainage.

3. Use a drain trap

The kitchen sink trap is a curved pipe that is beneath the sink. It is capable of trapping hair, grease, debris and soap scum. This section of the pipe is the number one location for clogs. You can disassemble the trap and clean it. You may need pliers to remove some of the nuts and bolts.

4. Snake

The snake equipment is perfect for the stubborn clogs and to penetrate deep down the pipe. The tip is designed to pull out the dirt or even break it down so part of the obstruction can flush down the drain. The tip can easily rotate around and loosen the clog. You can repeat the process until there is no blockage. The snake is handy because it can reach deep within the drainage pipe and even through the drain trap. There is the possibility of making a drain snake with a wire hanger, but it is recommended to use tools suited for kitchen sink clogs. This way you avoid damage to your sink drainage and drain trap.

5. Drain cleaner

If the snake or plunger does not work, you can try a liquid based drain cleaner for tough kitchen clogs. Learn about the best products that can solve the problem without harming the environment. Opt for an eco-friendly or biodegradable drain cleaner that will not affect the environment. Environmentally friendly products protect your pipes and prevent chemicals draining into sewerage. Drain cleaners are effective especially for clogs that are deep down the drainage pipes.

6. Wet vacuum

If you have a wet vacuum at home, it can help to unclog the stubborn debris or particles stuck in your drainage pipes. Make sure to use a hose that suits the size of the sink drain. When you feed the hose into the drain, you will hear the debris being pulled through suction and captured by the vacuum.

7. Suction pumps

If the clog is deep in the drainage pipe, a suction pump can be a better solution. It is easy to use and provides far more suction pressure. It is an air-tight tube that increases pressure as you pull out the residue.

8. High-pressure drain blaster pump

You can buy one online that can help blast air into the drain to unclog the blockage. It uses compressed air to clean out the tough clogs without using harsh chemicals. The drain blaster can remove hair, cloth, vegetable, leaves, grease and the toughest clogs. It is known to be perfectly safe and environmentally friendly.

9. Contact your local plumber

If none of your efforts have solved the problem, it is best to contact a professional plumber. The problem might be coming from areas that are much more complex than anticipated. The plumber has the expertise and sophisticated equipment that will push through the toughest clogs. They can solve the problem in no time with high-pressure drain cleaning.

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