Is your kitchen drain not working properly? It is probably the slow flowing water or the flooding scenario that will help you know that your drain has a blockage or blockage. There are countless stories of kitchen sink drains becoming blocked with grease, leftover food and vegetable oil. Now the challenge is how to untie the drain on its own?
Well, you can certainly unblock the drain pipe by yourself using these simple tips and ideas, as long as it’s not too complex.
The equipment you will need for sink drain repair includes:
- A bucket
Drain the excess water in a bucket
If you see that your sink has been flooded, first remove all the water by collecting it in a bucket. Try to create a vacuum seal on the cup that produces pressure on the blockage.
Clean the plug hole
You need to clean the sink plughole as efficiently as possible. Place the mouth of your plunger on the base of the sink. Keep it straight, as if you are going to tilt the tool then you can make the plunger seal loose. Now press the tool firmly on the plug hole and move it in and out slowly. Continue doing the same for about 20 seconds, and you should hear a gurgling sound indicating that the blockage has been removed.
Get rid of nasty smells and grease
If you want to clean bad smells, food waste or grease, apply the combination of soda and vinegar followed by hot water. You can take the same quantity of baking soda and vinegar – about 3-4 tablespoon should do. As the chemical reaction takes place inside the drain pipe, you will hear a fizzing sound. Boil the water to the temperature of the tea-kettle, it should not be extremely hot which can damage the structure of the pipe over time. Also, pour hot water after ten minutes adding baking soda and vinegar.
If you try this home remedy on a weekly or monthly basis, you will remove the accumulation of grease, fat, vegetable oil and food waste. It will also eliminate the possibilities of unpleasant odors coming from your kitchen sink.
Tips to avoid kitchen drainage problems
There are a number of places available to unclog your drains or kitchen sinks on the web, but I advise you to adopt several habits in your daily life that can help you avoid blockages in the first place. Following tips will help you avoid clogged kitchen drains.
- Do not rinse the tea leaves down the kitchen sink.
- Keep in mind that some materials such as flour, rice, gelatinous foods and semolina can swell once flushed down the drain and can block the drain pipe over time.
- Make sure you only let the water drain from your sink. For items such as potato peels, hot fat, leftovers, etc. you can place a disposal container in your kitchen area.
Call the drainage engineers
If none of the above DIY techniques work to fix your sink drain blockage or any other problem you may have, you can contact your local professional service provider. Check whether or not the company specializes in fixing sink drain problems before you let them visit your home. Also, make sure that the company has enough experience and expertise in the niche.
Other important things to consider while hiring a professional drain company to unblock your kitchen drain include its location, market credibility, time delay to visit the site of the work and the quality of customer service. A local drain specialist in your area will need the least amount of time to visit your place, he can quickly get to the bottom of the issue and get your drains working again in the shortest possible time. So, call the professionals pay off!
The author has been associated with Medway Drain Services, a leading sewer repair company. He publishes many posts on how to fix a blocked drain and benefits of hiring professional drain engineers to do the job.