4 Methods to Clearing Blocked Kitchen Sink

In most cases, clearing a clogged kitchen sink may require a number of different methods and attempts. But with a few very simple items and tools you have in your house, you’d be able to eliminate the blockage in your drain. The following are some simple ways to solve the problem:

1. Break Up A Greasy Clog

If the cause of the problem is close to your drain and made up of tough grease, you may be able to wash it away with dish soap and boiling water. Start by getting rid of any liquid from your sink. Pour half a cup of dish washing soap down your drain. Then pour 10 cups of freshly boiled water. Allow the mixture to set until the water has cooled completely. The water should be gone at this point and the drain will be clear. Otherwise, try another procedure.

2. Plunge the Blockage through your Drain

Position a plunger over the kitchen sink’s drain then push it down. Make sure you push gently to avoid breaking your pipes. If you have double kitchen, you will notice that the water simply moves from one sink to the other when you push and pull the plunger. So, make sure you cover the other drain with a towel or rag to create a vacuum. In most situations, the cause of the blockage will pass in just a few plunging. But if if you have already worked with your plunger for 3 minutes and you see no improvement, try this next procedure.

3. Remove the Drain Trap

This is a simple process but it can be a little bit messy. First, you have to place a bucket underneath the S-shaped pipe in the sink’s drain. Then with a large pair of pliers, turn the nut on the pipe with gentleness. Once you have loosened the nut a bit, complete the process with you hand. Know that water may begin to leak out as you unscrew the nut. After removing your S-shaped pipe, examine it for blockages. Use an object to push through it. If it isn’t blocked, put every component back together and try this next method. In this case, the block lies further down your pipe and needs different method of removal.

4. Snake Your Pipes Clean

A “snake” is a long flexible cable that could be run down through pipes to push a blockage out. Push this tool deep into the drain pipe until you feel a resistance. Once you feel it, continue pushing the snake gently to pass the blockage.

After performing all of these steps and your kitchen sink does not show progress, you may have to contact a professional. Contact Scott at guardian plumbing to solve the problem fast, or click on this link.