How to Unclog a Blocked Kitchen Sink


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Most of us use our kitchen sink on a daily basis. That is why a clogged kitchen sink is a commen plumbing problem. If you know how to unclog a kitchen sink you can avoid rendering a large part of the kitchen unusable. If you find your kitchen sink running slow or if your kitchen sink drain is clogged, just follow the steps below to unclog a kitchen drain and to get your kitchen sink working.

More and more plumbers and people in general are getting more aware of the environment, and this also shows in the way we clear our slow kitchen sinks and other clogged drains. Where we used to pour loads of harmful chemicals down the drain to get rid of the blockage. Nowadays more people are looking for environmentally friendly and natural ways to unclog the kitchen sink, without using toxic chemicals or cleaners.

How to unclog a kitchen sink naturally.

In case of a slow kitchen sink drain or blocked kitchen sink, mix 1/3 cup of baking soda together with 1/3 cup of vinegar into a bucket or large bowl. When the vinegar and baking soda have been put together it will start to fizz, so it’s best to make sure the bowl is large enough.

Pour the vinegar and baking soda down the kitchen sink drain.

To clear the slow draining kitchen sink try to pour the vinegar and baking soda down the drain as quickly as possible. The faster you get the vinegar and baking soda solution down your kitchen drain, the better, because the solution will gradually lose its power. After you have poured the vinegar and baking soda solution down the sink, take a wet cloth and push it down firmly on top of the drain to prevent the vinegar and baking soda to come back out the kitchen sink. After about 5 minutes the vinegar and baking soda will have done it’s trick and.

Rinse down the vinegar and baking soda.

The solution will have cleared the drain by now and you should turn on the tap and let warm or hot water flow down the kitchen sink for 2-3 minutes. The drain should be running a lot better again, now the clogs are gone.

How to unclog a kitchen sink using plumbing tools

When a kitchen sink is completely blocked or the clogs just won’t go away using the natural unclogging method described above, then it’s time to call a plumber or to get out your own plumbing tools.

How to unclog a kitchen sink using The Drain Claw.

"The Drain Claw" is a useful little tool to remove hair from drain and to clear drains by breaking through the buildup. The claw has over 100 little hooks that will grab the hair inside the drain, all it takes is a twisting motion to remove hairs trapped in a clogged bath drain or kitchen sink. You will be amazed at what you'll be able to pull out of your drains!

For a slow or clogged bathtub drain, just work The Drain Claw around the crossbars at the opening of the drain and the bracket that holds the stopper. For bathroom sinks The Drain Claw not only grabs hair, but it can be pushed into the trap to tear through the buildup of soap, toothpaste and gels. The Drain Claw will pass through the pop up without having to remove it.

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How to unclog a kitchen sink using a Plunger.

Unclogging a kitchen sink with the use of a plunger is a simple but often very effective method to unclog a kitchen sink. The plunger works by forcing pressure down the drain when you push the plunger, and then creating a vacuum when you pull it back up.

Using a plunger the right way is required to clean the drain:

  • Make sure the plunger has a suction cup large enough to cover the drain opening.
  • Petroleum jelly coat the the rim of the plunger cup to get a tight seal.
  • Fill up the clogged sink with water up to 1inch below the rim, so that the plunger cup is also covered with water.
  • With double sinks, fill the second one as well.
  • Block off other adjacent fixtures using wet rags.
  • Insert the plunger into the water, hold it upright and pump it vigorously.
  • Use the Plunger about 10-15 times with powerful up and down strokes.
  • Repeat this procedure to get the best results.

How to unclog a kitchen sink with a Sewer jet.

It does not really matter where your plumbing system is blocked. To clear a completely blocked drain you will need some professional plumbing tools and drain cleaning equipment like a sewer jet. A sewer jet will blast away the blockage and restore the pipes to a good condition. After using the sewer jet, make sure to test your sewer systems with a hydrostatic tester. If there were already some leaks inside the pipes, but they were sealed with debris, then that seal will get flushed away by jetting. A line tester can be used to find those leaks. 

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