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Fix a Kitchen Sink Clog

A kitchen sink clog is one of the most common problems homeowners face. However, by following simple procedures you can easily fix the clogging of your kitchen sink-no need to hire a plumber! The first step in unclogging a kitchen sink is to prevent clogging from happening in the first place. You can do this by separating any food particles when using the sink.
Any food particles or materials that may cause clogging should be separated and sealed in a bag and should be thrown in a regular garbage or trash can. Below are the materials as well as the instructions on how to fix a kitchen sink clog.

Materials Needed:

  • Plunger
  • Bucket
  • Screwdriver
  • Flashlight
  • Hand auger
  • Rag
  • Working gloves

Step 1: Locate the Plunger

After locating the plunger, run water to fill the sink to the point that the head of the plunger is fully covered. Using a rag, insert this to the area where overflowing is coming from to increase the pressure exerted by using the plunger.

Step 2: Use the Plunger

Get a hold of the plunger’s handle then put its head to seal against the bottom of the sink, over the drain. The plunger should be moved in an upward-downward motion in a fast pace. At this point, the water should be draining well. If this doesn't seem to be working, the problem may be connected to the air pocket which is able to get released through the overflow opening. With great force, stuff the rag tightly onto the opening.

Step 3: Loosen the Clog

The clog should be loosened. Wait for the water to get drained freely. To be able to totally flush the debris or materials causing the clog, boiling water should run through the drain for at least 5 minutes.

Step 4: Check for Clogs further down the T-shaped Pipe

When plunging is unable to unclog the sink, the debris or materials causing the sink clogging should be removed from underneath and cleaned thoroughly. Check to see that water could run freely from off the trap. If this is not seen, the clogging may be found at the T-shaped pipe.  With the use of a bottle brush, try to clean the the area to get rid of materials causing the clogging. 

Step 5: Use a Simple Hand Auger

The trapped arm that attaches it to the wall should be removed if the sink continues to be clogged. With the use of a flashlight, peek into the opening. If water is seen along the area, this means that the cause of the clog is in the fixture drain. This problem may be solved by cleaning it with a simple hand auger.

Though a common simple problem, clogging of the sink may create a bigger problem when the matter is not taken cared of immediately. It is recommended that once the problem becomes obvious, deal with the procedure to take to solve it so as not to further aggravate the matter.

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