How to Deal With a Clogged Sink Drain

 In Drains & Sewers

Dealing with a clogged drain of any sort can be quite a headache, all the more so with the demands placed on a kitchen sink during a busy holiday season. As a home owner you can always rely on a skilled plumber, Toronto has quite a few that will come out and fix the problem, but sometimes people would rather attempt to fix the problem themselves or at least diagnose it a bit better before they call on the pros. Here are a few tips you can attempt to use to fix a clogged kitchen sink drain.

Try To Unclog Your Sink with Hot Water

Under the right circumstances you would be able to simply run hot water for 5-10 minutes and your kitchen sink would be clog free – typically this is not the case. Regardless, this is a good place to start as long as your drain is not completely stopped. Run the water for a few minutes, if the sink is simply filling up let it fill up quite a bit as this will exert more pressure on the clog and has a likely chance to clear the blockage. If this does not do the trick and you have a two basin sink put stoppers in both sinks and fill them to their maximum capacity, once they are full unstop both of them at the same time. This will increase the pressure being exerted on the clog and hopefully clear it.

Clear the Drain Using Baking Soda & Vinegar

Most households have vinegar and baking soda kicking around, now it’s time to put that stuff to an unusual use! First, pour down some baking soda into the drain; try to get it to go as deep into the drain as you can see. Next, dump out a at least a cup of vinegar straight into the drain. This will cause a chemical reaction which may be what you need to clear the drain. Next, run the hot water for a couple of minutes to attempt to clear away any debris that has been dislodged or loosened by the baking soda and vinegar.

Try Using a Plunger

Plungers are quick affordable items, and can clear the majority of simple clogs. Plungers may be associated with clearing clogged toilets but you can also use a plunger to clear a clogged sink. Fill up your sink with a bit of water and start plunging at the problem. If you have a kitchen sink with two basins and two drains you may need to put a stopper in the other one (and have someone hold it) in order for the plunging action to be directed to the source of the problem.

Consider If You Have a Serious Problem

Has your drain been taking longer and longer to fully drain? This is a sign that you clog has been building up for quite some time and the problem may be more serious than expected. If you’ve also had other drainage problems in your home the issue may be much more serious and it is recommended to consult a professional at your earliest convenience.

There is quite a bit of information on the internet regarding clearing a clogged sink drain but you can always contact your local plumbing contractor to professionally solve all of your problems while you sit back and relax. For more info contact Absolute Draining & Plumbing at 416-252-5557.

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