Having a clogged kitchen sink isn’t unusual, but it still isn’t anything that people want to deal with. Thankfully, with the internet at the tap of our fingertips, we can look up a solution to unclogging it without having to call a professional plumber. However, with all the different drain cleaning tricks on the web, some of them could be doing your drain lines more harm than good.

That’s why Dan’s Drain Services is here to help you navigate between the do’s and don’ts of drain cleaning. From our years of experience in residential plumbing services, we know exactly how to safely get you out of this sticky situation!

The Correct Ways To Unclog Your Drain

The saying goes, “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.” This definitely applies to different unclogging techniques, making it all the more important to do your research before doing something that could potentially damage your drain pipes. Let’s take a look at some proper ways to unclog and clean your kitchen sink!

Use a Proper Plunger

One of the first things you can try to unclog your sink is to use a plunger. If you have one that is made for sinks, that is perfect. Unlike a toilet clog, you want to make sure that you plunge at a moderate pace, not excessive. When you plunge the clog out, you may want to spend time doing some sink cleaning due to the food or particles that can come back up.

Use Natural Products

While store-bought drain cleaners and other cleaning products are convenient, using baking soda and white vinegar or another homemade mixture is much safer to put into your drain opening and can be more effective when it comes to sink cleaning. 

Remove Trap From Sink

Underneath your sink basin, you will find a curved drain trap; this is where many stubborn sink clogs form. Simply put a bucket underneath the area to catch any water spillage and twist the connector loose, which will remove the trap. You will be able to see where the clog is and will be able to get it out. 

Use Hot Water

A major cause of blockage is food and grease, especially if your drain connects to the garbage disposal. If you have a slow draining sink, flush the sink down with hot or warm water. This drain cleaning technique will help break down any food residue.

The Don’ts Of Drain Cleaning

Now that you know what to do, here’s what you want to avoid when cleaning your sink’s drain!

  • If completely blocked, don’t add water: If water doesn’t go down your sink at all, turn it off immediately. In some cases, your sink is too backed up that pouring warm or boiling water down the drain won’t do the trick.
  • Don’t use chemicals: Bleach and other store-bought cleaners can be dangerous and have a negative effect on your pipes.
  • Don’t neglect to check the stopper: Also known as a strainer, these are often seen in bathroom sinks. They can easily be clogged since hair, and soap scum can wrap around the wire.
  • Don’t put the wrong things down your drain: This rule can apply to any drain in your home. Make sure you never put items like paper towels, olive oil, or coffee grounds down your drains. Not only will they call for a deep sink cleaning, but they will also cause internal damage.

When it comes to drain and sink cleaning, it is always best to trust the experts in regards to what is safe. In many cases, the best option is sometimes for Medina County residents to call up Dan’s Drain Services and have the professionals take care of the more pressing issues. No matter the time of day, our emergency drain cleaning services are here to get your sink unclogged in no time! Contact our team today to receive your estimate!

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