Dinner is over and it’s time to clean the kitchen before enjoying a relaxing evening at home. You start running the water and all the sudden your sink begins to clog. Sound familiar? Your evening may not be ruined quite yet. Here’s a few tips to try first before calling your local plumber.
How Do I Unclog My Kitchen Sink?
Clear the Sink of Dishes. You’re going to need some room to work with, so remove any dishes that are sink in the sink.
Find the Plunger. A plunger is the most common tool we seem to use when trying to push a clog through the pipes. Very often a plunger and a little muscle can work together just enough to push the clog through the pipe.
Baking Soda and Vinegar. When muscle doesn’t work, sometimes a mixture of these two can work its magic. First, remove any standing water you have in the sink. Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the drain and then 1 cup of vinegar. You should immediately see bubbling from the combination. Once that is done, put a stopper in the drain, wait about 15 minutes, and then try running hot water. You might need to try this a couple of times to know if it is going to work or not.
P-Trap. Open up the cabinet doors under your sink and look for your drainage pipe. The P-Trap is part of the curved section of the drain pipe. Place a bucket under that area before you begin. Remove the nuts, loosen the ring and let any water or debris drop into the bucket. Look inside. Do you see anything that may be causing the clog? Reassemble the P-trap and then try running water through it.
Still have a Clog? The handiest of you may want to try the next step of using a Plumber’s Snake. We’ll be discussing that in a future blog.