If greasy food particles have caused your kitchen sink's drain to become clogged and you have attempted to resolve the problem with a standard drain opener and were unsuccessful, learn how to unclog the trap under the sink with the following steps. After finishing, maintain the plumbing in your kitchen to prevent problems that require professional drain cleaning.
- rubber gloves
- adjustable wrench
- tube brush
- soapy water
- standard scrub brush
Remove And Empty The Trap
The trap is the U, J, or S-shaped pipe that is located underneath your kitchen sink. This pipe is bent at an odd angle to prevent sewer gases from entering your home, which could be very harmful. Place a bucket under the trap and put on a pair of rubber gloves. Use an adjustable wrench or a pair of pliers to loosen and remove the bolts that are connected to the trap. Carefully pull the trap downwards and tilt one end of it into the bucket so that any liquid or loose pieces of debris are collected.
Clean The Trap And Reattach It
Mix equal amounts of mild detergent with water in a bowl and use a tube brush to clean the trap's interior with the soapy solution. Move the brush rapidly up and down in order to loosen dried debris from the inside of each end of the pipe. Shine a flashlight into the pipe if you have difficulty determining which portions of it are clogged. Rinse the pipe out with plain water when you have finished. Scrub the trap's exterior with a standard scrub brush or sponge that has been dipped into the soapy water. Rinse it off well with plain water.
Line the pipe up underneath the sink and insert a bolt in each end of it. Tighten the bolts with an adjustable wrench or a pair of pliers. Turn on the sink's faucet to make sure that the water coming out of it goes down the drain properly.
Maintain The Plumbing
Prevent clogs in the future by placing a strainer inside of your sink's drain before you wash dishes. Remove food particles from each item that needs to be washed and throw them away before turning on the water. Avoid pouring chemicals or thick liquids down the drain which could damage the plumbing inside of your home. These steps will help keep the plumbing in your kitchen in operating order and will prevent you from needing to have expensive repairs made.
To learn more, contact a company like Boulet Sewer & Drain Ltd.