Often, we all have clogged up kitchen sink at home. This problem is a common one given that we use the kitchen sinks more often than any other home appliances. Typically, a kitchen sink is blocked because the drain is not properly working. You can solve this issue with a garbage disposer. Or you can put on hot water and allow the water run about 60 seconds.
If you don’t hear any sound from the disposer, you may have to reset it while pressing ‘Reset Button’ beneath the disposer. What’s more, if it does make a noise but doesn’t turn, then you should switch it off. Use a manual crank wrench for turning the impeller. After that, you should take out the wrench and use the disposer for the second time.
In any case, if you still have a jam in the kitchen sink’s drain, you should read this post further. In this post, we are going to reveal the ways to unclog a kitchen sink drain. We would use different equipment like a plunger, a blow bag, and an auger. So, let’s start with a plunger, the go-to equipment for cleaning the drain.
How to unclog a kitchen sink with a plunger?
First of all, you should add water to the central area of the plunger. Then just tilt the cup of the plunger for burping the air because it is flooded in the water. Now, you have to put the plunger over the drain so that it covers the opening entirely. As the plunger is under water, you will push it and pull for around 20 seconds. If you see that water is coming from the basin, you should add more water. Then you have to push it again. When you see that water is draining from sink correctly, add some water to check whether it is in perfect shape.
How to unclog a kitchen sink with an auger?
An auger is a great equipment for unclogging a kitchen sink drain. You can start the process by inserting it into the drain. However, you should take out the P-trap fitting under the sink and insert it here too. As a result, you can drive the auger into the deeper portion of the drain line quickly. There would be not as much of friction to reach the drain line.
In that case, you will need to unscrew the two collars from the ‘U’ shaped pipe, put the drain snake in into the deeper portion of the unit, fit the set screw tight, and then crank the handle. Keep in mind the drain snake has to reach the deep portion of the pipe and the screw must be tight for holding the auger cable.
When you crank the handle, the auger will grind at the clog. Now, just carry on inserting the wire until you reach a deep point within the drain. If you see it gets fixed, you will change the direction, and pull it gently for extracting a short length. Finally, proceed with the forward action, and you will see that your kitchen sink’s drain is unclogged.
How to unclog a kitchen sink with a blow bag?
The last equipment on our list is the blow bag. Imagine a big and durable balloon that will screw onto the final part of a hose. Also, think about a balloon along with holes on the other side for fitting into a pipe smoothly. So, when you remove the P-trap fitting, you will put the blow bag to a deep position within the drain. Then you will fit the hose correctly. At first, the blow bag will do to inflate the water till it is lodged in the pipe firmly.
Now, the water will spurt out and blast away the clog from the drain. At this moment, you will do nothing and wait patiently. The clog will flush away to the main sewer line for water force. As the clog is getting way from the drain, you will want to turn off the blow bag. To do that you should turn off water and wait a few seconds for deflating it. Then you will need to take it out gently from the drain and reconnect the pipe that you removed earlier.
The bottom line is if you use the above equipment and processes accurately, you should have a clean kitchen sink. Never think of using chemicals to unclog the kitchen sink because they can damage the pipes entirely. Not to mention the chemicals will make your work harder since they also clog the drain. So, use hot water often and use the equipment as stated earlier to unclog your kitchen sink.