Want to know how to unclog a kitchen drain? It’s not that hard and you don’t even need to make a trip to the hardware store or supermarket.
The best and most simple method is to use a plunger. One thing that I wouldn’t use, however, is the same plunger that you use for your toilet.
I always keep a small plunger under the kitchen sink that I use exclusively for the kitchen and bathroom sink. It’s a single molded piece of plastic and it is designed specifically for use with sinks and takes up less space than a traditional plunger.
One thing to keep in mind when you unclog a kitchen drain is if you have two sinks that drain from to a single pipe. In these cases, use a wet rag or drain stopper to seal off one side of the sink. This will allow you to create a much greater force with the plunger in order to clear the clog. A couple of minutes of continuous plunging is usually more than enough to clear even the most stubborn clog.
However, every once in a while, a clog comes along that just won’t move no matter how much you plunge. A lot of times the biggest obstacle in unclogging a kitchen drain is the garbage disposal.
There are actually a lot of foods that you aren’t supposed to run down a garbage disposal, potato peelings being one of the most common culprits. After years of running food down the disposal that never should have gone down in the first place, you can encounter some serious problems.
If you’ve tried the plunger for a while and it just doesn’t seem to be working, it’s probably time to call a professional. The problem could be with the garbage disposal or it could be further down the line.
A trained plumber will be able to make the right diagnosis and get your kitchen sink up and running again in no time!