Clogged sinks happen at the worst possible times. This is a messy, unpleasant, and unhygienic situation. A plumber may have to call in, depending on how severe the problem is. Because food particles and chemical residue are a nightmare to drain, clogged kitchen sinks are a common drainage problem for homes. Put off calling the plumber for now. If your kitchen sink is clogged, try one of the following four solutions before calling a plumber:
Check The Garbage Disposal
Check your garbage disposal to see if the clog is in it. Turn off the disposal’s power by unplugging it or turning off the switch, then use a plunger to dislodge any debris. This should clear any clogs in the garbage disposal.
Use a Plunger
After determining that the garbage disposal is functioning normally, you can proceed to use the plunger. Make a tight seal with the plunger cup over the plugged drain. In the absence of standing water, fill the sink immediately. To fill the plunger cup, you need only a small amount.
To plunge the drain, make six even, up-and-down thrusts, ensuring that the seal remains unbroken after each motion. Pull out the plunger and see if the water drains freely to determine if the clog has been cleared. When it doesn’t work, try again.
Use A Plumber’s Snake
If the clog is not in the disposal, a plumber’s snake may be required to clear it. A plumber’s snake is a long, flexible tool that breaks up and removes blockages in drains. You can find one at most hardware stores or home improvement centers.
Use A Baking Soda And Vinegar Solution
A solution of baking soda and vinegar can remove a clog if the problem isn’t in the garbage disposal, and a plumber’s snake is ineffective. One cup of baking soda and vinegar down the drain should do the trick. The mixture will bubble and fizz, easing the obstruction. After letting the solution soak for 15 to 20 minutes, you can rinse the sink with hot water.
Use A Commercial Drain Cleaner
If the baking soda and vinegar solution do not work, you can use a commercial drain cleaner. Follow the label’s instructions and use caution when handling these products, as they can be dangerous if misused.
If you want to keep your pipes in good shape, you should get into the routine of pouring hot water down each drain after you use it. Put in a drain cover—this will help prevent obstructions from entering the pipes.
Clogged drains are a common problem and can usually be fixed by the homeowner. Still, it’s best to be ready for plumbing issues. If none of these steps have cleared the clog, it may be time to call a plumber. See how professionals from Scott’s Plumbing can help with your problems. We have the tools and expertise to safely and effectively remove the blockage and get your sink flowing smoothly again. Call us now!