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Four DIY Steps to Cleaning a Clogged Kitchen Sink

Easy solutions to a common household problem

Posted by: Jenny, on Wednesday 11th May 2016

You can usually clear a clogged kitchen sink by yourself with a few basic tools that you probably already own!

Caution: Don’t use chemical drain cleaners on a clog. They can splash back and burn you as you try to clear the clog from the drain.

1. Check the garbage disposal - Many clogged sinks are caused by a clogged garbage disposal. If the disposer is clogged, make sure it is off and unplugged, then manually free the blades from beneath the disposer (under the sink), using an Allen wrench.

2. Plunging – Pour several inches of water into one sink and plug the other side with a stopper or wet cloth. Plunge vigorously for about a minute and see if the clog is cleared. Repeat several times.

3. Baking soda, vinegar, and hot water - Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/2 cup vinegar and pour it into the clogged drain. Let it sit for half an hour, then flush with very hot water. You can also pour the baking soda down the drain first and the vinegar next.

4. Cleaning the P-trap - The curved pipe beneath the sink is called the P-Trap. Put on rubber gloves and put a bucket under the trap. Use pliers to undo the nuts holding the P-trap, letting the water pour into the bucket. Pull the trap off the pipes and clean out any clogs you find. Replace the P-trap and re-tighten the nuts.

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