How To Remedy A Kitchen Sink Clog

19 July 2015
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If you have noticed water is not going down the drain in your kitchen sink, you will want to work at getting it unclogged so you can continue using it when preparing food. A kitchen sink clog is an annoyance that make it difficult to continue your regular routine, so it will need to be taken care of quickly if you do not wish to disrupt your normal activities. Before calling a plumber, like those at Absolute Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Services Inc., there are a few tricks you can try to help get the water to go down the drain.

Treat The Sink Like A Toilet

Try dislodging whatever is obstructing the piping system below by using methods you would try with a clogged toilet. First, start with a plunger to see if you can suck the obstruction up from within the pipes so that water can get through. Use a swift up and down motion with the flange over the drain area. If this does not work successfully, try using a plumber's snake to poke through the obstruction. Simply direct the end of the wire down the drain and unwind it so it will weave its way down the pipe.

Add Some Natural Ingredients

Try adding some vinegar and baking soda to the water in the basin. Use a few tablespoons of each and leave it in the water. These items will mix with the water already inside the sink and will eventually make their way into the piping system. Each of these items will work naturally at eating away at the obstruction within, making the water drain as a result. 

It may take several hours for any type of action to begin, so be patient while the vinegar and baking soda do their job. This method works much like a commercial drain cleaning solution without the harsh chemicals.

Take Things Apart

If water is still prevalent, the next step is to check the P-trap underneath the sink. Place a bucket underneath the curved part of the P-trap pipe. To remove the pipe, loosen the nuts on each side of it using a pair of pliers. 

Slowly move the P-trap away from the rest of the piping system. Water from the basin will come rushing through to the bucket, so be careful to move out of the way so you do not get wet! Rinse the P-trap well in another sink and use a soft-bristled scrub brush to help remove any embedded debris from the pipe walls. Replace the pipe and see if water will drain properly.