How To Unclog a Kitchen Drain


Unclog a Kitchen Drain

Using your kitchen sink is something you do everyday and with this use comes the: greasy waste, dirt from vegetables, last nights Chinese noodles  and any number of food or general waste items that will make your kitchen drain clogged.  In order to unclog a kitchen drain you are going to need to kit yourself out with some necessary tools whilst trying not to forget any safety precautions. You might think that this job is easy, but accidents can happen especially when it comes to your hands. Below are some of the tips that may help you in learning how to properly unblock your own kitchen drain within minutes.

What You Need to Clear the Blocked Drain:

  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • Plunger
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Cloth
  • Plumber\’s snake
  • Chemical drain cleaner
  • Large pan
  • Wet/dry vacuum
  • Towels

Getting Down and Dirty(ish)

  1. Firstly, you need to boil some water and once finished, pour the hot water down the kitchen drain especially if it is clogged with lots of grease. Besides that, you can also add 1/3 cup vinegar into a large container along with 1/3 cup baking soda and pour the mixture quickly down the sink. The combination of both of the mixtures will be able to help break some simple type of clogs.
  2. You could also use a plunger that is big enough to cover the drain hole. Rub the plunger with some petroleum jelly over the rim to enable you to get a tight seal whenever you plunge the drain. Next, run some water in the stopped up sink until it manages to cover the plunger cup before you plug up the other side of the sink using a cloth. Press the plunger hard onto the drain hole at least 10 times and by doing this, you would be able to clear up the clogged in your kitchen sink drain.
  3. You can also use or purchase a bottle of chemical drain cleaner and also follow its instructions. Always remember to use gloves and ensure the room is well ventilated before you start using chemicals.
  4. A plumber’s snake (a long coiled wire that is attached to a crank) can also be used for unclogging the kitchen sink drain. This item is used slowly to enable it to be forced into the drain or pipeline by starting to turn the crank and this method will normally break up a clog as the plumber’s snake starts to moves.
  5. Finally, you must bail the water out of the sink before sticking the hose of a wet or dry vacuum in the drain. You may set the vacuum in the suck position and turn the vacuum on. If you noticed that the clog does not break up after 30 seconds, you have to switch the vacuum to blow level and try repeating the same process until the clog is gone.
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