How often does your kitchen sink get clogged? Probably not too often, I hope. Ours get clogged about two times in the last three years. Pretty impressive rate, huh? The secrets to having a kitchen sink drain in good condition are cleaning and discipline. It should be cleared off of sticky substances at least every week with the use of natural drain cleaners. You should also prevent stringy and greasy substances from getting into the pipes to avoid blockages. Now I believe I’ve already shared resources on how to get rid of sink clogs. So for today, I want to get more specific and focus on two common kitchen sink blockage culprits: potato peels and grease. And I want to quote these suggestion from an online resource I found that talks about getting rid of potato skin from the drainpipes:
“A plunger may work, but it may also make the problem worse. Draino willl take days and Gallons because the starch in potato peels gives it a resilience. The best way to fix this problem is to empty the trap. The trap is the U shaped part of the drain pipe under the sink. Yes, you can handle this. Take large adjustable pliers and loosen the slip nuts holding the trap on. Be sure to put a basket under the trap first to catch the water being held in the trap. When the nuts are loosened liggle the trap loose, remove and clean it out. Look down the drain in the sink, it should be clear of debris and you should be able to see clearly into the bucket. If this is also clogged I suggest using a wire hanger. Stick one end down the drain and turn it until all the waste is clear. Now that everything is clean, put the drain trap back on. be sure not to tighten these nuts to hard. They may even be made of plastic so be careful. After the trap is on, run some water and check for leaks. If you are still clogged, the peels made there way past the trap. Now try liquid plumber or draino.. If this does not work try to find someone that knows about plumbing.. If this fails call a plumber and get out the check book.. Good Luck.” (See full article here.)
So apparently, you have to detach the trap under the sink to hook the potato peels out of the system. It’s really time-consuming isn’t it? So the next time you think about peeling 10 pounds of potatoes in your kitchen sink, remember to install screen traps so the peelings won’t go straight into the hole. Anyway, another common culprit of sink clogs is grease. I’m sure you know that pouring used oil down the drain is a big NO. But sometimes, you just can’t help it. Here’s a guide on how to get rid of grease.
Kitchen sinks tend to clog when grease is poured down the drains. Once the grease cools down inside the pipes, it turns into a solid mass that creates a blockage. You can prevent clogs caused by solidified grease by pouring grease in a can and disposing of the can rather than pouring the grease down the drain. If you have already poured grease down the drain and now have a clogged sink, you can dissolve the grease with hot water.
I hope you enjoyed reading these articles on how to unclog kitchen sink in North Miami Beach FL! Also read about other effective drain uncloggers to expand your DIY skills. And should you need professional plumbing help, just call Douglas Orr Plumbing at 305-887-1687 or 954-522-8282!
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