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Did you start to clean up after a hearty meal, but the water in your kitchen sink has decided it's not going anywhere? The team at Mr. Rooter Plumbing has your back with professional services that can get your pipes back in working order. Keep reading to find out how to tackle those stubborn blockages head-on and when to call a professional plumber.  

DIY Techniques to Get Your Sink Back to Normal

Facing a clogged kitchen sink? Don't worry. Here are a few basic methods to take care of the problem:

  • Hot Water: Sometimes, simplicity is key. Hot water can work wonders on certain types of clogs, especially those formed by grease. Just boil a pot of water, let it cool down slightly, and pour it down the drain carefully, allowing the hot water to work its magic between pours.
  • Plunger Power: A plunger isn't just for toilets. Choose a flat-bottomed plunger for your kitchen sink and plunge away. This can often dislodge whatever's causing the blockage.
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar: Use about half of a cup of baking soda, followed by the same amount of plain white vinegar, and pour it down the drain. Cover it with a wet cloth to contain the reaction, wait about 5 minutes, then flush with hot water.
  • Plumbing Snake: For more stubborn clogs, a plumbing snake or a drain auger can physically remove or break apart the blockage. Cautiously feed the snake into the drain until you feel resistance, then twist and pull.

Common Causes of Clogged Kitchen Sinks

Understanding what causes clogs is the first step to prevention. The usual culprits include:

  • Grease and Oil: They might be liquid when you pour them down, but they solidify inside your pipes, causing blockages.
  • Food Particles: Especially those that don't break down easily, like coffee grounds and eggshells.
  • Foreign Objects: From bottle caps to small utensils, anything that shouldn't be in the sink can end up causing trouble.

Prevent Future Kitchen Sink Clogs

Now that the clog has been removed, here's how you can keep your sink clear of trouble:

  • Mindful Disposal: Be conscious of what goes down your drain. Use a compost for food scraps and properly dispose of grease and oil.
  • Regular Maintenance: Regularly flush your sink with boiling water or a vinegar and baking soda mix to keep things flowing smoothly.
  • Sink Strainers: Use strainers to catch any food particles or other debris, preventing them from going down the drain.

When to Call for Backup

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, a clog demands professional intervention. Here's when you should consider calling experienced plumbers:

  • Recurring Clogs: If the same drain keeps clogging, it might signify a deeper issue that requires professional tools 
  • Multiple Blocked Drains: If more than one drain is clogged, you might be dealing with a problem further down your plumbing system.
  • Water Backup: When water starts backing up in other areas of your home when you use the sink, it's time to call a plumber.

Do You Need Clogged Drain Cleaning Services?

A clogged kitchen sink can throw a major wrench in your day, but with the right techniques and preventative measures, you can keep the water flowing and your stress levels low. Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing the next time your sink decides to act up. Our reliable plumbers are ready to provide swift, professional clogged drain cleaning and repair services. 

Feb 29, 2024

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