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5 Fast Ways to Unclog a Kitchen Sink Drain

A clog in the sink drain is one of the most annoying problems we have in our household. It happens often and disturbs our daily chores. We collected safe and fast solutions to help you unclog a kitchen sink without calling a plumber. If you want to know about these easy and inexpensive ways, continue reading this post right now! 

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Remove the Clog with Boiling Water and Salt


If a kitchen clog has just started to form, you can eliminate the problem with lighter measures. Salt will not solely clean the pipe but will also remove bacteria and unpleasant odors. However, you might have to repeat the process to get rid of a big clog. First, pour half a cup of salt into the drain hole. Then, dispense a kettle of boiling water over the salt. Wait for a few minutes and repeat the process if necessary. 


Get Rid of Clog with Salt, Vinegar, and Baking Soda 


Here is a powerful solution for old or stubborn clogs. You can use this method if the above procedure does not open the kitchen sink drain. Start with pouring hot water down the sink drain to soften and break up the clog a little. Mix 1/4 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of baking soda, and put them into the drain hole. Boil a cup of vinegar and pour it on other ingredients. Now, do not permit the resulting foam to come out by covering the hole. After 30 minutes, complete the process by washing the pipe with hot water. 


Eradicate Clog with Caustic Soda


Caustic soda, or sodium hydroxide, has the power to change solid substances into liquids. You can use it for removing clogs because it can break up debris. Mix three liters of cold water and 750 ml liquid caustic soda in a bucket. 

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However, avoid touching it with your bare hands. You will soon notice that water is bubbling and heating up due to the chemical reaction. Now, pour it down the drainpipe and wait for 20 to 30 minutes. When the time is up, flush it with boiling water. 


Clean the P-Trap


If the above chemical reactions do not help, it is time to work on some physical removal method. P-trap becomes the cause of clogs because of its curved shape. This pipe has two attachments, so lose the nuts to taking it out. After removing, you will see it is full of grease, food pieces, and other debris. Clean all of such materials with a bottle brush and hot water before reinstalling. 


Use a Drain Snake


Before putting the P-trap back in place, it is the perfect time to use a drain snake. Unscrew the trap arm to start inserting it in the pipe, which goes into the wall. With rotating movements, keep pushing in unless you find any obstacle. However, remember that it might stop not due to a clog but a pipe corner. If it bumps into something and does not move further after many efforts, it is the clog. You can break this clog by rotating the snake for a few minutes. When you find no clog anymore, install the P-trap and run the hot water to clean the pipe. 

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After reading these methods, we hope you are on the stage to remove your kitchen sink clogs whenever needed. Indeed, there is no need to pay professionals for the tasks that you can do by yourself.