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Tips For Cleaning Your Kitchen Drains

1. Use Hot Water

If you have a clog in your bathroom sink or tub, fill the basin with hot water and then unplug the sink’s drain to (hopefully) flush the drain out to clean the drains.

If that doesn’t work, you can plunge the drain, use a snake or physically remove the clog if you can reach it.

Prevent bathroom sink and tub drain clogs by:

You can make sure your bathroom drains are unclogged by running hot water after taking a shower or brushing your teeth to make sure the warm water dissolves the water-soluble materials in your toothpaste or shampoo. If you have longer hair, invest in a drain saver for your bathtub, that catches longer hair and lets you throw it away, instead of taking it down the pipes where it can clump and cause clogs. When you’re at your bathroom sink, don’t flush hair down the drain.

If the regular hot water didn’t work, try again with adding salt to it.

2. Check the garbage disposal

One of the next things you should do is check to make sure your garbage disposal isn’t causing the problem. A clogged disposal can easily stop up the drain, so run the disposal for a minute or two with hot water running to see if that clears the clog. If that doesn’t work, make sure the disposal is turned off and carefully inspect it to make sure it’s running correctly. If the disposal has overheated and automatically switched off, you may need to restart it at the base. The base on/off switch can usually be found on the side or bottom of the disposal unit underneath the sink.

3. Use a plunger

If any of the previous home remedies aren’t successful in unclogging your sink drain, it’s time to reach for a common household plunger. If you have a double sink, first seal off the drain on the other sink with a wet cloth or a stopper. You’ll need to create a tight seal around the plunger, so fill the side of the sink you intend to plunge with enough water to cover the bell of the plunger. Place the plunger firmly over the drain and plunge vigorously several times. When you hear the suction clear the clog, remove the plunger and flush the drain well with warm water for a couple of minutes.

4. Try vinegar and baking soda

Again, remove any standing water before you try this technique. Pour about a cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by an equal amount of white or apple cider vinegar. The solution will soon start to bubble; when it subsides, put the stopper in and wait about 15 minutes. Next, run the hot water to see if the clog clears. Repeat the process one more time if the water is draining, but slower than normal (that means the clog isn’t fully clear yet).

5. Use a Coat Hanger

If you don’t have a plumber’s snake, you can use a wire coat hanger as a substitute by straightening it. Of course, it won’t reach as far as a plumber’s snake would, so it may be long enough to reach some clogs. But it’s worth a try when all else fails! Insert the straightened hanger wire into the kitchen drain or stub pipe to push through or pull out the clog if you can reach it. Be careful not to scratch your sink with the wire.

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