4 Easy and Cost Effective Ways to Unblock your Kitchen Sink
Can you picture life without your kitchen sink? Rinsing veggies, washing bulky pots and pans and getting that awful layer of grease off your hands after cooking would all become problematic if you were to go without it. But when facing a clogged sink, we are forced to realise how much we take it for granted. In fact, there are probably few features in the kitchen that we use more than our sinks.
Because life can be full of obstacles, we’ve decided not to add clogged sinks to the list! Let us show you how easy it really is to unblock your kitchen sink with these four fabulous tips.
1. Bicarbonate of Soda and Vinegar
What’s great about this mixture is the fact that these ingredients are easy to get hold of, and if you do a lot of cooking and baking, you will already these in your home. All you have to do is pour half a cup of dry baking soda down your kitchen sink drain and half a cup of vinegar to follow. Don’t be frightened by the bubble and fizz – this reaction is what helps to remove the build up of grease and grime that has most likely caused a blockage. Leave this to work for about an hour, if possible, and then rinse it away with hot water. If you still have a clogged sink, you’ll need to repeat this process until the blockage starts to break up.
2. Fix your Clogged Sink with a Plunger
This method is pretty straightforward. Fill a quarter of your sink with hot water and place your plunger directly over your drain opening. Make sure that you don’t leave any areas of the drain exposed, in order to create a good vacuum. Now plunge away until you remove the blockage.
If you have a thin wire hanger taking up space in your cupboard, you can unbend it and straighten it out. You’ll need to curve one end and create a hook small enough to fit down your drain. Once this is done, you can gently push it down your drain and use the hook to pull up any gunk like food debris or hair. Make sure that you are pulling the substances blocking your drain out of the sink rather than pushing them further in!
4. Clean your Kitchen Sink Pipe
This will most likely be your most effective method of unblocking your sink. You will need to put on a pair of gloves and place a bucket underneath you sink pipes. The picture below shows the part of your sink called the P-trap. You will need to remove this and clean out any gunk inside this. If your P-trap is held in place with slip nuts, you may need a pair of pliers to gently loosen these. When reassembling, try not to over-tighten the slip nuts, as it will be extremely difficult to loosen the P-trap in case of a future blockage.
Far Right Image: howstuffworks.com
With these simple tips, you’ll never have to panic about clogged sinks again! Why call out a plumber when you can save yourself the expense and feel good about your DIY know-how at the same time? There will, of course, be times when your own attempts won’t suffice, and you just won’t have the technical skills to help you fix the problem. When this happens, it’s best to call on an expert!
But be sure to do all you can to prevent having a clogged sink in future by rather throwing solid waste such as egg shells, veggie peels or rice in the bin, or in a waste disposer. If you’re unsure of where you can get waste disposers – look no further. Visit our site and check out our neat and compact Franke waste disposer.
Let us know if you’ve tried any of the above tips out and fixed your clogged sink – we’d love to hear about it. Drop us a comment below.