4 Easy DIY Ways to Unclog a Kitchen Sink

Posted by in Uncategorized, on January 16, 2017

1. Use a Clean Plunger

First, make sure the plunger is clean for obvious reasons. Next, if you have a double sink block other outlet with a wet rag to focus all the pressure on the clogged drain. Cover the entire opening and begin pushing the plunger for several vigorous strokes. If it is a minor clog with small debris the plunger should unclog it.

2. Boiling Water

If there is already water in the sink, scoop it out with a cup into a bucket. Next, boil a large pot of water. (If you do not have access to a stove you can use a microwave.) Pour the water down the sink in three different intervals with a few seconds in between each. Be careful not to get any of the water on you.

*If you have plastic pipes be cautious and do not use more than a pot of hot water.

3. Vinegar & Baking Soda

If the two above options do not work, remove the water as much as you can again. Then pour 1 cup of baking soda down your sink and one cup of vinegar directly after, do your best to make sure the baking soda goes as far down your drain as possible. Wait about five minutes and try running hot water down your sink.

4. Wire Hanger

Last resort to DIY would be to try a wire hanger. Unwrap the hanger and a straighten it out as much as possible, leaving a very small hook at the bottom. Insert the hanger down the sink, hook side first. Keep the hanger as close to the side as possible to prevent pushing the object further down the sink. When you begin to feel resistance twist the hanger and pull up as much of the blockage as possible. Then run hot water down the sink immediately following.

5. Call a professional. 

If none of the above options do not work it may be time to call a professional.

 

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