How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink

You will deal with clogs sooner or later. Don’t reach for harsh chemicals that can damage your pipes. Here are professional tips on how to unclog a kitchen sink.

  1. Grab the plunger. Fill the sink partially with hot water. If you have a double sink, stuff a rag in the other drain. Start plunging.
  2. Use Bio Ben. Bail any standing water out of the sink with a cup and bucket. Then pour BioBen into the drain. Follow directions on container. BioBen contains microorganisms and natural ingredients that can help you maintain your drains and keep them clog-free. The microorganisms eat away at buildup inside your pipes immediately after being poured down the drain. By unleashing natural bacteria to feed on oil, grease and other materials, BioBen will keep your system clean and flowing freely.
  3. Don’t have Bio Ben? Try the baking soda/vinegar method. Use a cup and bucket to bail any existing water out of your sink. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into drain, use a spatula to force it in there if you need to. Pour 1cup vinegar down the drain and quickly cover the drain with a drain cover to force the vinegar and baking side to the clog. Hold it in place until the fizzing stops. Uncover and flush drain with boiling water.
  4. Wire hanger time. Take a wire hanger and unbend it. Use it like a snake to pull clogs out or push through the clog. If you are successful or partially successful, try now of the previous tricks to completely clear the pipe.
  5. If your drain is still clogged, call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Bay Area at 800.471.080, we’ll be there ASAP!

Safety Tips:

  • Never stick your hand in the garbage disposal. Never.
  • Do not plunge after pouring drain cleaner in the sink. You could splash your eyes or skin with chemicals and cause burns.

How to Avoid Clogs in the Future

  1. Don’t ever pour grease down your garbage disposal. Seriously, do everything you can to avoid letting grease get in your pipes. Pour used cooking grease into cans and dispose of in the garbage. Then wipe pans with paper towels before washing.
  2. Be gentle on your garbage disposal. Don’t use it as a trash can. Scrape plates into the garbage before rinsing or washing.
  3. Never put starchy or fibrous items in the garbage disposal. Avoid: potato peels, pasta, rice, banana peals, coffee, egg shells
  4. Clean your pipes with baking soda regularly to prevent buildup. Pour 1cup baking soda into drain, use a spatula to force it in there if you need to.
  5. Use the baking soda/vinegar method on a regular basis to clean pipes. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into drain, use a spatula to force it in there if you need to. Pour 1cup vinegar down the drain and quickly cover the drain with a drain cover to force the vinegar and baking side to the clog. Hold it in place until the fizzing stops. Uncover and flush drain with boiling water.

Hopefully these were useful tips on how to unclog a kitchen sink!