A clogged up kitchen sink can be a nuisance as well as unhygienic. This article gives some practical advice on dealing with this common problem.
Causes of Clogged Kitchen Sink
Is your kitchen sink clogged up on regular basis? Are you fed up of having to unblock a clogged kitchen sink drain every time you have finished washing the dishes? If so you may want to examine your sink more closely to try and find out the cause behind this annoying problem.
If you have ever had a problem where the kitchen sink clogged up on a number of occasions, it is likely there is a blockage going on somewhere. There are many causes of a clogged up sink and there various ways to identify them.
Some of the common reasons behind a blocked sink drain are:
The buildup of fat that has been left behind after washing up
Greasy fat that has been poured down directly down the sink drain
Hairs trapped around the drain
Items that have got stuck somewhere in the pipe, preventing the water from flowing away, getting your kitchen sink clogged
A broken pipe
How to Fix a Clogged Kitchen Sink
If you follow these simple steps you may easily be able to unblock the sink yourself. Firstly, you will need to make sure you have these tools to hand: Sink plunger, screwdriver, grips, adjustable spanner, caustic soda crystals, hot water and old rags to soak up any mess!
Firstly, fill the sink with a little water. Use the plunger to get a good fix over the plug hole and to create good suction. Push the plunger down as firmly as possible and then release. Do this a few times to see if the blockage has moved. Before or after you do this, you could try pouring some soda crystals followed by boiling water down the drain hole.
If the blockage hasn’t shifted after this you may need to unscrew the plug-hole cover from inside the sink and pull out any bundles of trapped hairs or others items that have got entangled inside the cover. Use the screwdriver to do this and make sure you wear rubber gloves when removing anything stuck inside.
If the sink is still clogged you may find the problem is a kitchen sink clogged on both sides. If this is the cas,e you will need to remove the plug inside the sink using the screwdriver
If the blockage is further down the pipe or on the u-bend, you may need to call on the help of a plumber. The plumber can safely undo the pipe to check for any items that are stuck. They can then make sure they properly fix the pipes back together to ensure there are no leaks.
Tips to Avoid Clogging the Sink
Trying to avoid getting the kitchen sink clogged up again is fairly straightforward by adhering to this advice.
Do not pour hot fat straight down the sink, use hot soapy water at the same time or pour the fat into another container
Use soda crystals on a regular basis to keep the sink and pipes clean
Clean around the plug hole and after using the kitchen sink
Keep the plug in the sink when not in use to prevent items falling in