A clogged sink that does not drain can stop cleaning and washing until you can unclog it. You could take the Drano bottle, but if you prefer a method where no chemicals are poured down the drain (or if you don't have time to run to the store), you're lucky.
Fortunately, there are many ways to unblock your sink with things you already have in your house. For example, you can use vinegar and baking powder to break down the food and slurry that cause the blockage. You can also use a plunger to work up enough suction to push the food through the pipes.
Depending on how severe the blockage is, you may need to follow all these techniques and repeat if necessary. And if your sink is throwing trash away, try letting it run before you start grinding food that could be in it. These are the best ways to remove the blockage from your sink.
If you have a double sink, make sure you connect the other side before you start, to keep the seal intact and to prevent water from coming from the other end. to create a sucking effect and to pump up and down firmly until the water starts to drain. After all the standing water has been drained from the sink, drain clean water through the drain to make sure it is clear. If this is not the case, you must dive again.
Dissolve it with baking soda and vinegar
If you do not have a clean piston with you, you can use a proven cleaning technique with baking soda and vinegar. This causes a bubbling reaction that breaks down larger pieces of dirt so that they can easily get into the drain.
First start boiling water in a kettle and then pour it into the drain (but no matter how you get the boiling water – just be careful not to to spill).
It must boil and not just hot tap water, so that it can dissolve and release food particles and smaller clogs. This will help flush the drain, but it will not completely remove the blockage. However, if you have PVC pipes, it is best to skip this step as this may cause the pipe seals to come off. You can still rinse with hot tap water after you've done the vinegar and baking soda treatment.
Then pour about a cup of baking soda into the drain and let it stand for a few minutes. You may need to use a wooden spoon, rubber spatula or plastic kitchenware to push the baking powder down the drain. I avoid using metal or something sharp that you don't want to scrape in your sink.
After the baking soda has stopped, pour in a cup of white distilled vinegar. The combination provides an effervescent response to reduce blockage. Use a stop and stop the sink for about 15 minutes. Boil another pot of water during this time. After the time runs out, pour the boiling water down the sink to rinse it again.
Repeat this regularly to prevent future build-up.
Cleaning the P-trap
If you have tried all the options but your sink is still not draining, you may need to clean the P-trap. This is the part of your sink that ensures that dirt and sewer gases do not come up through the drain.
First insert a straightened clothes hanger through the opening in your sink to release food that may be trapped in the drain. Unfortunately, if that doesn't work, you have to take the P-trap apart.
The P-trap is under the sink and has the shape of a U. To remove it, put on a pair of gloves (such as plastic dishwashing gloves or leather gloves that you don't mind getting dirty) and place a bucket, trash can or garbage bag under the pipes to catch food or water that is stuck. If it is too tight, use pliers to loosen the fittings.
Now that it has been removed, use something sturdy such as a knife or clothes hanger to push the food through and scrape the sides for grease. Now you can re-attach the P-trap and view your water drain as it should.
No-nos waste disposal
To prevent your sink from becoming clogged again, follow these tips.
- Never pour grease into your drain. Instead, pour it into an old glass jar (such as one from pasta sauce) and throw it in the trash when it's cooled.
- When disposing of waste, always run cold water instead of hot. Cold water helps to keep fat in its solid form so that it does not stick to the pipe walls. Hot water can melt it, leaving slippery residue on the pipes.
- – such as potato peels, bones, coffee grounds, pasta and more. They can damage the knives or make them blunt (bones, coffee grounds) or cause it to become sticky and clogged (potato peelings, pasta).
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Originally published earlier this week.