It’s very irritating and inconvenient when your clogged kitchen sink refuses to drain. When water is backing up and there’s a counter full of dirty dishes waiting to be cleaned, it may be tempting to give up immediately and reach for the phone to call your local plumber to fix the problem for you.
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Place a pot or kettle of water on the stove and bring to a boil.
As you’re waiting for the water to boil, get rid of as much standing water from the sink as you can, by using a mug or small pot to bail out the water.
Pour the entire kettle of water into the sink and allow it to sit for a couple of minutes. If the water stays in the sink without draining, that means the clog is still there.
Allow the water time to cool for approximately five minutes, then remove it by removing as much cooled water as possible with a small container. Dispose of this water in another sink or toilet.
Repeat this process if it doesn’t work the first time. You may even need to repeat the process several times to move the clog, but this method often works on many different kinds of blockages.
Inspect the Garbage Disposal
You always want to check to make sure that your garbage disposal isn’t causing the clog in your sink.
A clogged-up disposal can easily stop up the drain, so go ahead and run the disposal for a minute or two with hot water running to see if it clears the clog.
Now if that doesn’t work, ensure that the disposal is turned off, then carefully check it to make sure it’s running correctly.
Under the circumstances that the disposal has overheated and automatically switched off, you’ll want to restart it at the base.
The on/off switch for this can typically be found on the bottom or side of the disposal unit underneath the sink.
Try Using Salt and Boiling Water
After you’ve removed as much standing water from your sink as possible, pour around half a cup (½ cup) of table salt down the sink drain.
Then, proceed to pour in about a quart of boiling water.
Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then flush with hot water to clear the mixture.
Try Vinegar and Baking Soda
Once again, extract any standing water in the sink before you try this technique.
Pour around a cup of baking soda into the drain, and then an equal amount of either white or apple cider vinegar. The solution will bubble— when it stops, put the stopper in and wait around 15 minutes.
Next, you guessed it, run some hot water through to see if the clog clears.
Repeat the process another time if the water is draining, but slower than the prior time.
Try Baking Soda and Salt
This method is yet another combination that can clear out sink clogs.
Mix approximately a cup of baking soda with a half cup of salt, then pour this mixture down the drain.
Allow the mixture to sit for several hours, then flush it with boiling water.
You may repeat this process again if the first round doesn’t work.
Use the Plunger
Now if any of the above home remedies are yet to successfully unclog your sink drain, it’s time to reach for the common household plunger.
If you have a double sink, make sure to first seal off the other sink’s drain with a wet cloth or a stopper.
It’s essential that you create a tight seal around the plunger, so go ahead and fill the side of the sink you’re about to plunge with enough water to cover the bell of the plunger.
Then, place the plunger firmly and securely over the drain and plunge with force several times.
Upon hearing the suction clear the clog, go ahead and remove the plunger, and finally flush the drain thoroughly with warm water for a few minutes.
Clean the P-Trap
The P-trap is located at the curve of the drainpipe under the sink, usually within a cabinet.
It’s possible that you need to clean your kitchen drain’s P-trap to clear the clog.
Set a bucket or pan underneath the drain to catch any debris or water that may fall out.
Unfasten the P-trap from the drainpipe and remove anything that is stuck.
Then, make sure to replace the P-trap (ensuring that all connections are tight and closed up) and run warm water through the pipes for several minutes.
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