Thursday, June 20, 2013

Simple Tips to Unclog a Kitchen Sink

If your kitchen sink ever got clogged, you know what a nightmare it can be. You don't necessarily have to use concentrated chemical cleaners to unclog your sink; it can be done inexpensively with items found right in your home. Before running to the store to get those harsh cleaners, try some of the tips below to unclog your kitchen sink.
Hot water
If it’s grease that’s clogged your sink, try pouring extremely hot water down the drain. The hot water will break up the clogs in its way, as it travels through your pipe. You can also try a mixture of 1/3 cup of vinegar and 1/3 cup of baking soda. First, pour the baking soda down the drain followed by the vinegar. As the two components starts mixing, it will fizz out, breaking most of the stubborn clogs in its way.
Once you have poured down the ingredients, immediately plug the drain with a cloth or a drain plug. This will prevent the foams from escaping too soon. Allow the solution to fizz thoroughly for at least 30 minutes before pouring hot water on it. This will clear the drain from retaining any residue foam or clogs.


If your sink is still clogged after using the baking soda and vinegar solution, try using a plunger to remove the remaining clogged up material. The vinegar solution will loosen up any particles stuck in the drain and by using a small plunger you can further clear the clog. Be sure to use plunger wide enough to cover the sinkhole.
Try applying petroleum jelly on the rim of the plunger and fill the sink with enough water to cover the plunger cup. Cover the top end of the plunger with a towel for better grip. Press the pump directly on the sinkhole and pump repeatedly until the clog clears. This will mostly clear the particles clogging your sink. If you still find your sink clogged, it is time to call in a professional.
Chemical drain cleaner

A quick and efficient way to unclog a drain is through chemical cleaners. Buy a bottle of chemical drain cleaner from the local grocery shop; follow the instructions given on the bottle precisely. Make sure to put on your safety gloves and to keep the room well ventilated before using any chemicals around home. Refrain from using plungers while using chemical cleaners, as the sprinkle of caustic chemicals can splash back on your hands.

Plumber's snake
One of the tried and tested ways to clear clogged drains is using a plumber's snake. A plumber's snake is nothing but a coiled wire that is attached to a crank. With the help of the crank, the coiled wired is inserted into the pipeline and pulled out quickly; the process is repeated continuously until the wire breaks up the clog as it moves. 
To avoid any future clogs, try cleaning your sink regularly and avoid dumping any fibrous materials or remaining food items down the sink.

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