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How to Unclog Your Kitchen Sink

No one wants to deal with a clogged sink, especially a kitchen sink with standing water, but luckily, not all clogs need a professional to be removed.

5 Ways to Unclog Your Kitchen Sink

Before you place a call to your local plumber, check out these easy and efficient ways to unclog your kitchen sink.

1. Boiling Water

This simple and inexpensive trick can unclog your kitchen sink fast (and for free!)

Materials:

  • Tea kettle or something to boil water in

Directions:

Step 1. Boil a bot of water; if there is standing water in the sink, try to remove as much as you can while you wait

Step 2. Pour the entire kettle of boiling water down the sink and wait

Step 3. If the water doesn’t drain, repeat

2. Salt and Boiling Water

If you’ve tried to trick above and no luck, adding salt may help remove more stubborn clogs.

Materials:

  • ½ cup of Salt
  • Tea kettle or something to boil water in

Directions:

Step 1. Boil a bot of water; if there is standing water in the sink, try to remove as much as you can while you wait

Step 2. Pour ½ cup of salt down the drain

Step 3. Pour the entire kettle of boiling water down the sink and wait

Step 4. If the water doesn’t drain, repeat

3. Vinegar and Baking Soda

Another simple and economical combination that can work on sink clogs.

Materials:

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • ½ cup of salt
  • Tea kettle or something to boil water in

Directions:

Step 1. Mix baking soda and salt together and pour down the drain; let the mixture sit for at least two hours

Step 2. Flush with boiling water

Step 3. If the water doesn’t drain, repeat

4. Plunger

If you’re still dealing with a clog, or if your sink is filled with standing water, reach for a plunger.

Materials:

  • Plunger

Directions:

Step 1. If you have a double sink, seal off the unclogged side with a stopper or wet cloth; this will help create a tight seal

Step 2. Place the plunger firmly over the drain; plunge several times

Step 3. When you hear the suction clear the clog, remove the plunger

Step 4. Flush the drain with warm water

5. Plumber’s Snake

This handy tool can clear clogs that may be stuck further down the drain.

Materials:

  • Plumber’s snake (sometimes called an auger)

Directions:

Step 1. Disassemble the drainpipe; this includes the P-trap that runs underneath the sink

Step 2. Locate the stub pipe; this is the pipe that travels behind the cabinet wall

Step 3. Insert the snake into the pipe

Step 4. Insert the snake until you feel it make contact with the clog; move the snake back and form to break it up

Plumbing Repair in South Florida

Some stubborn kitchen sink clogs require help from a professional. If you’re in need of plumbing assistance in the South Florida area, Sansone can help. We’ve been in business for more than four decades and pride ourselves on providing South Florida residents with the best in plumbing services and customer care. Contact us today to learn more about our quick, efficient and economical plumbing repairs services or schedule an appointment online below.
Broward: (954) 800-2858
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St. Lucie: (772) 879-5656

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