3 Ways To Clear Out Your Kitchen Sink's Drain

If your kitchen sink is draining slowly or not at all, you may wonder what can be done to clear out whatever is clogging it up. Below are three methods that can be used, two of which you can do yourself.

Dissolve the Homemade Liquid Drain Cleaner

If your sink is draining slowly, you may be able to use a liquid drain cleaner to dissolve the grease so the debris is able to pass through the pipe. While there are chemical drain cleaners available, these cleaners may not be safe to use on some materials, such as plastic or PVC pipes.

Instead, you can make your own cleaner using baking soda and white distilled vinegar. The reaction the two ingredients make together creates a deep cleansing foaming action that can clean the inside walls of the pipes.

To use this method, pour two cups of boiling water down the drain first to soften the clog. Then, mix a cup each of baking soda and vinegar, and immediately pour it down the drain. Let the mixture work for about an hour. Then, rinse out the pipe with two more cups of boiling water.

Pull Out the Clog with a Plumber's Snake

If the drain cleaner did not work because the sink's drain is completely stopped up, you can try using a handheld plumber's snake. This tool has a long coil of wire with a heavy duty coiled head at the end. When the wire is inserted and rotated on the clog, it embeds itself into the blockage so you can pull it out. 

Insert the wire into the pipe until you feel resistance. Then, use the handle to rotate the head a few turns. Pull the wire out to see if any material comes out with it.

If so, run water to see if the sink drains. If not, try again a few more times. If the clog is still there, you may need a professional method, as described in the next section.

Push Out the Clog with a Hydro Jet

After trying both methods above, it is probably time to call in a team of plumbers like All Clear Pumping & Sewer. They can use the hydro jetting technique to push the clog out for you. A hydro jet is a machine that forces water into the pipe at a high velocity. The water pressure and speed then push the clog through the pipes. The water also cleanses the inside of the pipe walls. 

The above methods can work well unclogging your drain, depending on how badly the pipe is blocked. If you need to have someone hydro jet a particularly stubborn blockage, contact a plumber who uses this method to have them inspect your pipe and perform the job for you.