Unclog Plumbing That Is Connected To Your Kitchen Sink's Drain
If food scraps were rinsed down your kitchen sink's drain by accident, and water is backing up in the sink's basin or draining slowly, unclog the plumbing that is connected to the drain by completing the following steps. Afterward, prevent additional blockages by removing pieces of food from dinnerware and utensils before setting them in the sink and by placing a strainer in the drain before washing dishes and utensils.
- handheld plunger
- drain opening product
- vinyl tarp
- rubber gloves
- adjustable wrench or pliers
- spray bottle
- industrial pipe brush
- water hose
Use A Plunger And Drain Opener, Remove The Pipe Under The Sink
Place a hand plunger's rubber tip directly over the drain. Grip the tool's handle with both hands and press down firmly. Release the suction by pulling the handle upwards. Pour a drain opening product directly over the drain. Wait several minutes for the product to seep into the pipes. Turn on the sink's faucet. If water is still not going down the drain in a normal manner, turn off the water supply.
Put on a pair of rubber gloves and lay a vinyl tarp across the flooring that is underneath the pipe that is connected to the drain. Use an adjustable wrench or pair of pliers to remove hardware that is secured to the pipe. After removing the hardware, grasp the pipe with both hands and tilt one end of the pipe into a bucket to release water and food scraps.
Clean The Pipe's Interior And Reattach The Pipe
Add equal amounts of bleach, water, and detergent to a spray bottle. Blend the contents in the bottle by vigorously shaking the bottle for a few seconds. Hold the pipe over the bucket and insert an industrial pipe brush into one end of the pipe. Twirl the brush's handle around and move the handle up and down to loosen debris that is stuck inside of the pipe. Remove the brush from the pipe's interior and insert the brush in the opposite end of the pipe. Again, twirl the brush's handle and move it up and down to clean the pipe's interior.
Go outside and use a water hose to rinse the pipe's interior. Use a wrench or pliers to reattach the hardware to the pipe and adjacent plumbing. After turning the water supply on, turn on the sink's faucet to ensure that water is draining properly.
If you need professional assistance, check with a company like The Clean Plumbers for more help.