Your kitchen is, without a doubt, one of the most important sections of your residential or even commercial building. In truth, homes would be quite boring if we didn’t have kitchens around. Imagine not being able to cook all the nice food or maybe even prepare your favorite smoothies.
Even though kitchens are, hands down, a vital part of our homes, they can also be a place of frustration especially when the sink becomes clogged for a reason that doesn’t seem clear to you. While a clogged kitchen sink can be reason enough to ruin your night or early morning, there is always a way to fix the issue and get things running normally once again.
So here is a list of common causes for a clogged kitchen sink, and how to fix the issue on your own:
1. Accumulation of food
Chunks of food, the large ones especially, can clog your drain even before you know it. The majority of homeowners assume that as long as food waste fits down the drain, that should not be a cause for concern. On the contrary, however, such waste can cause a major issue in the long run, and lead to clogging.
If you suspect that food is the main reason behind your clogged sink, you can use a plumbing snake to rid your drain of the pieces of food. Alternatively, you can use a small amount of drain cleaner to clear the drain. Just be sure not to pour bleach into the drain, if you don’t want to have to deal with expensive plumbing repair.
Cooking grease has never been a good friend to your drain and will never be. While in liquid form, cooking grease may not look like the culprit; not until it solidifies and cause serious clogs. Of course, keeping cooking grease away from your drain is the surefire way to never have to deal with clogs from grease buildup.
If, however, for some reason you have to clear a drain clog caused by excess grease, you can use a cup of near-boiling water and several tablespoons of salts to fix the issue. Just stir the salt into the water and let the solution sit for approximately one minute before pouring it slowly into the drain.
3. Human hair
You may think that cleaning your hair from the kitchen sink a brilliant idea because it allows for a deeper clean. Well, you’ll surely walk away with clean hair, but it won’t be long before your sink fails to drain water like it used to.
If you have to use the kitchen sink to shampoo and condition your hair, be sure to invest in a good sink drain guard so that you can trap the excess hair and also clean the sink with ease. If your sink is clogged with hair, you can use a drain snake to pull out the mass. If you don’t have one, an unwound clothes hanger should do the trick.
You can also use a drain cleaning solution to clean your drain even further. Just be sure not to use excess drain cleaning solution because it will damage your pipes.
4. Something about your kids
If you have little ones living in your home, do not get surprised when you find all sorts of trash and toys stuffed into the drain. Well, kids are always curious and that’s how they learn most of the time, so the best thing to do is to explain to them how a kitchen sink drain works, and why it’s not a good idea to throw things into the drain.
Depending on how seriously clogged the drain is, you can either chose to handle the problem by yourself or call professionals. If you try to unclog the sink and a problem arises or you think that it’s not a good idea to unclog the sink yourself, professionals will make things easier for you and even reduce the chances of further damage.
Contact the experts if you’re stranded
The DIY solutions discussed above should go a long way towards making it easier for you to unclog your kitchen sink drain whenever it’s not working as expected. If, however, the problem is quite complicated and you can’t seem to solve it on your own, you can always call in professionals from Rescue Plumbers at (760) 241-3100 to get the assistance that you need.
We serve the following areas around High Desert, California:
Spring Valley Lake
And Phelan, Ca
And if you don’t live in one of the locations that we cover currently, there’s no need to worry because we are making plans to expand our services to other areas around California.