Using Simple Tools to Clear Clogged Sink Drains
A kitchen sink that is draining slowly is an indicator that you may have a clogged drain. Luckily, clogged sink drains can be cleared using inexpensive tools if caught early. Learn the techniques of clearing your kitchen sink using common household items which include a plunger, a plumber’s snake, sometimes called a hand auger, wrenches, clamps, baking soda and white vinegar.
- Obtaining the right tools – Choose a plunger that has a stout handle with larger rubber bells for more thrust. A plunger with a stout handle enables you to apply much force. The plumber’s snake is also another tool that is essential in clearing sink drains. A ⅜-inch model that is 20 feet long is recommended for all-around use. However, shorter types of hand augers will also work for most clogs too. You can also keep other handy items including a bucket or a plastic bin, a flashlight and rubber gloves.
- Using a plunger to clear the blockage – To ensure that the plunger seals around the drain, fill the sink with 3 to 4 inches of water. Set the plunger over one drain while holding a wet cloth tightly over the sink drain. Plunge up and down several times in quick succession for about 20 seconds. Remove the plunger off the drain on your last pull stroke to break the clog free. Continue plunging for several minutes if the water does not drain properly.
- Cleaning the P-trap – Disassemble the P-trap if plunging does not remove the clog. Grease or coffee grounds that stick on the drain usually cause the clogs to occur in the P-trap and trap arm. Remove the waste tee by loosening the slip nut on the trap arm assembly and wiggling the trap free.
- Using the plumber’s snake – Pull out 6 to 10 inches of cable after loosening the setscrew at the tip of the snake. Tighten the setscrew and turn the snake clockwise to feed it into the drainpipe. Clean the cable after removing clogged materials with the hand auger.
- Baking soda plus white vinegar – Pour a cup of baking soda and white vinegar with a 50/50 mixture into the drain after the drain has been opened. Let it sit for a few minutes while covering both openings of the kitchen sink. Flush the mixture with a gallon of warm water. Leftover fat deposits will be broken down by the combination of vinegar and baking soda. Additionally, the mixture will leave your drain smelling fresh.
The “Daily Mail” published a report claiming that families can save hundreds of dollars by using baking soda and vinegar as household cleaning products. Studies have also revealed that vinegar is effective in killing household germs.