How Do You Troubleshoot a Clogged Kitchen Sink?


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To troubleshoot a clogged kitchen sink, try plunging it with a common household plunger first. If the plunger doesn't clear the clog, remove the trap, and inspect it for debris. If the clog is not evident, check the surrounding pipe for signs of a clog. If the clog is still not visible, it is further down the drainpipe, and a drain snake machine is necessary.

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A mini-rooter or medium drain snake machine is ideal for unclogging a kitchen sink. Unless you own a drain snake machine, it is more economical to rent one by the hour or for the day, as most people do not use drain snake machines often enough for it to be a worthwhile purchase. Follow the instructions included with the drain snake unit.

In order to prevent clogged drains in the future, or to remove very mild clogs, you may want to consider using a mild drain cleaner on a regular basis. Instead of using chemicals, clean the drain using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.

First pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain, and then follow it with 1/2 cup of vinegar. After the fizzy reaction has stopped, pour boiling water down the drain to remove any debris. Finally, turn the faucet on the hot setting to clear out the drain.

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