How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink

Posted on: January 13, 2015

If you’re trying to avoid hiring a plumbing repair company for your Tampa home, there are a few steps you can take to attempt unclogging a clog yourself.  As we all know, when your kitchen sink is backing up, it’s a bad time for everyone.  No one likes leaving dirty dishes on the counter, and the water in the sink can start to smell, too.  Even more, when the dishes can’t be cleaned, dinner can’t be cooked; and when you can’t cook dinner at home, it’s fast food for the whole family. The situation can quickly spiral out of control. But it doesn’t have to! unclog kitchen sink

Depending on the severity of the blockage, you might try one or a combination of the following methods.  It’s important that you don’t use chemical de-cloggers, especially if you have a garbage disposal. Not only are these terrible for the environment when they exit through Tampa sewer lines, but they can also degrade the plastic and rubber parts in a disposer.  It’s much more costly to have a plumbing repair technician install a new disposer than to get the clog out naturally:

1. Boiling water:  If the kitchen sink seems to take longer to drain than usual, it might be partially clogged with grease.  If you regularly pour animal fats and grease down your disposal, they can cool and stick to the walls of the pipe, slowly restricting the amount of water that can pass.  Boiling a pot of water and carefully pouring it down the drain can sometimes loosen these clogs enough to avoid professional plumbing repair at your Tampa residence. At least for the time being.

2. Vinegar and baking soda: Yup, the old high school volcano experiment. Simply sprinkle ½ cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by ½ cup of vinegar.  Allow it to react for 5 minutes before following it with very hot or boiling water.

3. Grab a plunger: If steps one or two fail it’s time to grab a cup plunger.  Cup plungers are your standard, every day plunger, except they are actually intended for sinks, not toilets.  (There are special plungers for toilets, but that’s another topic.) To get out a stubborn sink blockage, you will need to ensure there is a tight seal around the plunger—preferably with the plunger head under/in water, and use quick, sharp thrusts in attempt to dislodge the blockage.

If after all of these steps there’s still no success, it’s time to call a Tampa plumbing repair company to help.  Occasionally blockages can be stuck deep inside the pipe, sometimes as far as 20-35 feet!  This is where the professionals at Midway can help. Contact us today for more information.