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Clogged kitchen sink – 5 top tips

Kitchen Sink   Most of us have experienced that ‘sinking’ feeling when water won’t drain away. You may have had some warning signs, the sink takes longer to drain, and strange odours or your feet are standing in a pool of water in the shower. Have a go at the following tips before you call out and have the expense of a plumber and you just may unclog that drain yourself. Obviously it’s easier to avoid clogs in the first place and to help do that pour in equal parts of vinegar and baking soda (about half a cup of each) down your sink on a regular basis. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes before running some warm water down the drain. Lemon juice also works well. In all the tips below remove as much standing water from the sink as possible.

1. Boiling Water

Sounds too easy well this is the easiest and least expensive solution of all, which makes it the obvious one to try first. Boil some water and pour it slowly down the drain in a few stages, allowing the hot water to work for several seconds in between each pour. You may need to repeat the process several times to shift the clog, but this works on many types of blockage.

2. Baking Soda and Vinegar

You can use these ingredients in two ways either mix 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda with 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar in a jug. You will notice it fizz immediately, and you should immediately pour it down the clogged drain. Let it sit for at least one hour or overnight if you can. Flush with hot water. Alternatively, pour about a cup or so of baking soda into the drain, followed by an equal amount of white or apple cider vinegar. The solution will bubble, but when they subside, put the plug in and wait about 15 minutes. Next, run hot water to see if the clog clears. Repeat if necessary.

3. Salt and Baking Soda

This is another combination that can unblock your  clogged sink. Mix about a cup of baking soda with half a cup of salt and then simply pour down the drain. Then flush with boiling water. The salt, baking soda, and boiling water will produce a chemical reaction that should dissolve some of the most stubborn blockages. Repeat if it doesn’t work the first time.

4. Plunger

If you have a double sink, first seal off the second side with a wet cloth or a stopper. You’ll need to create a tight seal around the plunger, so fill the side of the sink you intend to plunge with enough water to cover the bell of the plunger. Place the plunger firmly over the drain and plunge vigorously several times. When you hear the suction clear the clog, remove the plunger and flush the drain well with warm water.

5. Coat hanger

You are not likely to have plumber’s tools around the house so you can use a wire coat hanger by straightening it and bending the end to create a small hook. It is simple but often effective. Insert it into the  clogged kitchen sink to push through or pull out the clog if you can reach it. Be careful not to scratch your sink with the wire. When you have cleared as much as you can run the hot water and it should clear clog nicely. Here at New Design Kitchens hope that you don’t need to use any of the above tips but if you do ‘good luck’ hope they work for you.