Is your kitchen sink draining much slower than normal? Or has it perhaps stopped draining at all? You’re most likely encountering a clog and it’s best to get it taken care of as soon as possible.
Why is my kitchen sink’s drain clogged?
The answer is quite simple. Grease, soap, fat and detergents build up over time as you use your kitchen sink on a daily basis. As substances are pulled into your sink drain, they leave behind a sticky film that clings to the drain wall and eventually blocks the flow of water. The residue on the inside of the pipes will build inward until you’re encountering a significant blockage.
What can I do to prevent my kitchen sink drain from clogging?
First and foremost, if you don’t have a garbage disposal, try to avoid pouring food scraps down the drain. Large pieces contribute to faster clogging and can be a pain to deal with. Try to avoid pouring grease and oil down your drain as well. Instead, put it in a sealable container and rid of it somewhere outside.
How can I fight a tough clog myself?
The first method requires no more than boiling water. Add heat to a large pot of water and once it starts to bubble, pour it down your kitchen sink drain so it’s able to break down whatever is causing the clog. Afterwards, let the faucet run hot water for several minutes. Another method is the use of baking soda and white vinegar. Pour about a cup of baking soda into your drain, making sure to get as much of it in as possible. Immediately follow by pouring down a cup of white vinegar and cover the drain with a plate while it works away at the clog. If you’re still having trouble, you can resort to a drain cleaner that doesn’t have ultra harsh chemicals that will ruin your piping.
When all else fails, our plumbers here at FloGuard are happily waiting for your call. Our certified technicians are able to arrive in less than an hour to work on whatever the problem may be.