You have just washed the dinner dishes and notice the water refuses to drain. You have a clogged kitchen sink, commonly caused by grease, food particles or a stray fork or bottle cap going down the drain. Home remedies can fix the problem.
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Keeping drains clear prevents clogs because grease and debris do not have time to line the pipes, notes CreativeHomemaking.com. Keep the drain covered with a guard and use a gentle homemade or store-bought cleaner at least once a month to keep the drain open.
If your kitchen drain clogs, turn to simple tools to fix the problem without chemicals, suggests Creative Homemaking. Plug the second drain in a double sink with a cloth and fit a plunger over the clogged drain and push down hard. Pump the plunger several times before pulling it off to dislodge the clog. You can also use a plumber's snake, or auger, to pull out a clog or stray item from the pipe under the sink, opening the trap and draining water into a bucket first.
Your kitchen pantry contains ingredients for simple and effective drain cleaners, drainsandplumbing.com notes. Slowly pour boiling water down the drain or put a cup of baking soda in the drain and flush with hot water. If that does not work, dump a half cup of baking soda and a half cup of plain vinegar into the drain and leave it for a few hours, covered. Later, run the hot water to rinse the drain. You can also buy an enzyme cleaner, but it might not work as well.
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