Do you often get clogs in your kitchen sink drain? What are the most common causes of blockages? Some would say that food particles and objects that aren’t easily crushed by garbage disposers are the frequent suspects. However, majority of kitchen sink clogs are often the result of the accumulation of grease in the drain pipes. You don’t believe us? Well, you should. Even if you pour hot water into your drain right after pouring grease, it will still harden and turn into solid substances that block your pipes especially if it sticks to other particles that you’ve thrown into the system. And we quote this article that details a study made by a researcher in the US:
“Next time you’re about to pour that extra cooking grease down the drain, you might want to think first: In the sewers below, the grease transforms into hardened deposits of soaplike chemicals that can cause serious headaches for sewer maintenance workers and can pose environmental and health hazards by causing sewer overflows.” (See full article here.)
Reading the news article above, you should now start disposing your used oil differently. There are other alternative methods such as letting it solidify, putting it in a sealed container then throwing it in the trash. Some people even use grease in productive ways such as applying it on squeaky door hinges or on rusted wagon wheels. Surely you’ll find other ways to dispose of it in the internet. Anyway, to help you unclog a kitchen sink, let this step-by-step guide teach you how.
When the water in your kitchen sink won’t drain or drains slowly, don’t reach for the chemical drain cleaner. Instead, try this three-step method recommended by one of our favorite plumbers. The first two steps we’ll show you don’t even require you to remove the trap or take anything apart. If you’re lucky, all you’ll need is a bent coat hanger. But if the clog is in the trap or farther down the drain, you’ll need a 1/4-in. drain snake. You can buy an inexpensive snake that’s simply a cable running through a bent pipe that allows you to twist the cable, but we recommend spending a little more money for a cable that’s enclosed in a drum. This type is much easier to use.
Hoping these articles taught you what to do when the sink is clogged. And in case these do-it-yourself plumbing techniques do not solve your drain problem, fear not because you can call the best local US plumber near you! Plumbers 911 delivers exceptional local plumbing services in the US! Reach us through our websites: http://florida.plumbers911.com/ (Florida), http://washingtondc.plumbers911.com/ (Washington DC) or http://california.plumbers911.com/ (California). You may also call us at 305-662-0668 (Miami-Dade County FL), 954-468-0512 (Broward County FL), 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach County FL), 800-731-1139 (Central Valley CA) or (877) 932-5325 (Washington DC)!
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