Clogged kitchen sinks are a common, but an annoying nuisance. The good news is that in most cases, unclogging a kitchen sink will not necessitate calling a local plumber. In fact, with a quick and straightforward clogged kitchen sink home remedy, you could have your kitchen drain clear in no time.
The Clogged Kitchen Sink Home Remedy Everyone Should Know About
One of the easiest ways to unclog a domestic kitchen sink is to use a home remedy of baking soda and apple cider vinegar. When these two ingredients react, they create a rapid build-up of carbon dioxide. Pressure from this reaction is often enough to unclog minor drain blockages and the simple to follow steps are as follows:
Pour 1 cup of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) into your clogged kitchen drain
After pouring in your baking soda, follow up with an equal amount of apple cider vinegar
Quickly plug your drain and wait for approximately 15-minutes
After 15-minutes, the baking soda and vinegar reaction should have subsided. In this case, unplug your clogged drain and run your hot water tap. In most cases, blockages should have been cleared, and water will drain away as usual.
Clean Kitchen Sink Traps
If unclogging a sink with baking soda doesn’t work, there are several other home remedies you can try. However, in most cases, it will be worth first removing the trap below your sink, to check for obstructions.
Removing and cleaning a kitchen sink trap can be messy. In this case, position an empty bucket below a trap before removal. This will catch any water which hasn’t been able to pass a blockage.
After placing a bucket and donning rubber gloves, unscrew traps gently and let any wastewater empty fully into your awaiting bucket. Next, inspect traps visually for blockages and remove these, before tightly re-screwing a trap back in place.
Use a Coat Hanger or Home Drain Snake to Clear Stubborn Blockages
As domestic cleaners in London, we know that all kinds of things can make their way into home drains. (Especially in households with young children.) Rest assured though, that even if detergents and removing taps doesn’t work to unclog a kitchen drain, there are still DIY options available.
A clog in a kitchen drain beyond a drain trap is one of the most difficult to clear. However, if you suspect that such a clog is present, it is worth trying to remove it yourself before calling on professional help. To do this, remove a drain trap and use a home drain snake or wire coat hanger to inspect lengths of pipe beyond.
If when using a drain snake, you encounter a blockage, gently try and break this up. Just remember to keep a bucket on hand to catch any backflowing water and drain detritus.
What if Unclogging a Sink with Baking Soda & Snaking Doesn’t Work?
If baking soda and snaking can’t be used to unclog your kitchen drain, it might be time to call for professional assistance. Just remember not to do this until you have removed and cleaned sink traps, as this is where most clogs originate.