3-Step Guide To Clearing Your Kitchen Drain When It Is Completely Clogged Up
If your kitchen sink is completely clogged up, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to clean it out yourself without having to call in a professional. If so, try using the following three-step guide to clearing out your kitchen drain.
Step 1: Try To Manually Remove Or Loosen The Clog
The first step is to try to manually remove or loosen the clog as much as possible, especially if the drain is completely stopped and no water is draining out. Even removing part of the clog can get your sink draining a little bit, giving the ingredients in the next two steps a chance reach the clog and work on dissolving it.
Use a handheld plumber's snake to bust into the clog and remove it. After threading the snake down the drain until you meet resistance, turn the handle a few times to burrow into the blockage. Then, quickly pull the snake out, taking part of the clog with it inside its coils. If you do not see any debris, try two or three more times.
If you are able to remove part of the clog, you may notice that the water has started to drain a little. If so, let the water completely empty, then proceed to the second step. However, if the water remains stagnant, you may need to call a professional service to clean your drain for you.
Step 2: Pour Boiling Water And Lemon Juice Down The Drain
If have been successful in removing part of the clog, the next step is to loosen it further using boiling water and lemon juice. The extreme heat of the water and steam will dissolve any fat or oils clinging to the sides of the pipes, making debris and food stick to them.
The acidity of the lemon juice helps to further break down the fats, as well as begins the process of dissolving the clog itself. It also gives your drain a fresh, clean scent.
In a large pot, bring four cups of water and one cup of lemon juice to a boil. Then, slowly pour the mixture directly down the drain, being careful not to splash the hot solution on yourself. Allow the sink to drain completely, then place the stopper over the drain's opening. Wait 15 minutes, remove the stopper, then go on to the third step.
Step 3: Use A Homemade Drain Cleaner
Now that you have softened the clog and the gunk on the pipes around it, the next step is to pour in a homemade drain cleaner to bust it up completely. The cleaner uses the borax, salt and vinegar. The cleaner helps to break down any food particles and hair entwined inside the clog, making it easier to push it on through.
When handling borax, wear safety glasses and thick, rubber gloves to protect yourself. The laundry additive can cause irritation if it comes into contact with your eyes or skin.
In a small bowl, mix together a half of a cup of borax, a half of a cup of white distilled vinegar and a quarter of a cup of salt. Carefully pour the mixture straight down the drain, then place the stopper over it. Wait about a half an hour, then follow the cleaner with two cups of boiling water. Run hot tap water through the drain for about five minutes to flush it.
If your drain is still clogged up after trying the above cleaning treatment, there may be a solid, stubborn clog or a blockage deeper down in the pipes. If this is the case, you may want to contact a drain cleaning service, such as Gold Seal Plumbing, to have your sink professionally cleared out.