When you have a clog in your kitchen drain, it can be a big inconvenience. You may not have any chemical drain cleaners in your home, but there are still some things you can do to get rid of the clog. Here are two unusual drain-clearing methods you can try right away.
The same plunger you use to dislodge clogs in your bathroom can also work in your kitchen sink. Simply take the plunger and position it over the drain, then press the plunger down and pull it strongly in an upward, vertical manner. Don't be surprised if you see old food and other debris that has been clogging your sink drain. Remove the debris and plunge the sink drain once more, to see if you can collect any more gunk. Clear the sink of all the debris that has been sucked up by the plunger, and run your faucet to ensure that water can travel freely.
Of course, if you do use the toilet plunger in your sink, be sure that you clean the sink extremely well before filling it with your dishes and utensils. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before handling anything else.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Another effective and natural way to clear your sink drain is to head right to your pantry for vinegar and baking soda. You may not know this, but these two substances can combine and dislodge a clog in your drain. To do this, mix together about a half cup of white vinegar and a similar amount of baking soda in a small bowl or cup. This will give you a fizzy solution that you simply pour down into your drain.
Wait about half an hour for the solution to soften whatever matter is clogging up your drain, and then turn on your hot water and let that stream for a few minutes. You may think you'll get better results with boiling water, but boiling water can have a negative effect on your pipes; hot water is just fine. After a few minutes of running hot water down the drain, you should see that the drain is now clear.
If you can't clear out your drain with the tips in this article, it may be time to call a plumber (such as one from Harding Plumbing & Heating). Talk to a few plumbers in your neighborhood and find one who can get the job done quickly and affordably.