How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink

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If your kitchen sink is clogged, think twice before calling a plumber. There are ways to unclog a kitchen sink that cost less and take less time. If they fail, call a professional, but at least try it first. The following steps are listed in order of severity and effort.

Immerse the sink

First prepare your sink, remove the standing water with a cup and pour it into a bowl. Then use a small plunger if you have one. The answer could be as simple as using a little suction to push through the blockage.

Tools you need: Korky Beehive Mini Sink Plunger ($13.99, Target)

Use boiling water

If you can't clear the clog, it may be too big – for now. Boiling water can shrink or dissolve some of the mass, which may be all you need to get everything flowing again. Bring a pot of water to a boil and then pour it directly down the drain. If the water does not drain from the basin, wait until it cools down, take it out with a cup and try again. If the water is slow to drain, reach back with the plunger to see if you can push it out.

Tools you need: Farberware Two-Quart Pot ($16.99, Target)

Try home remedies like baking soda

Baking soda has many uses around the home and is generally gentler than other chemical products (although there are some surfaces you shouldn't use it on). Baking soda and white vinegar are carbonated, fizzy best friends that can work together to clear a clog. Pour a cup at a time down the drain, give the duo about 15 to 20 minutes to work its magic, and then try running hot water from the faucet into the hole.

Tools you need: Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda ($1.89 for a pound, Target) and White Distilled Vinegar ($4.69 for 128 ounces, Target)

Take the help of clog-busting chemicals

If these remedies don't work, you can always try store-bought chemicals. Drano Max Gel ($24.96 for a two-pack, Home Depot) is highly rated and usually effective, but a building manager I know swears by Pequa ($9.98 for 64 ounces, Home Depot), calling it ” a wonder”. Whatever you decide to use, read the instructions on the package carefully and keep your plunger handy for finishing touches as needed.

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