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Unclogging a Kitchen Sink

Knowing how to unclog a kitchen sink is a skill not taught I college or school. It is however a valuable skill and can save you a costly visit from the local plumber and can prevent a leak that could cause water damage.

Drains get clogged for many reasons. Food is the main reason however hair and jewelry are also reasons sinks can get clogged.

The easiest solution for drain clogs is to use an environmentally safe chemical drain unclogger. Pour the product down the drain wait for it to dissolve and then flush the drain with running water.

Be careful to choose la chemical solution that does not damage the plastic or rubber pieces in the pipes and garbage disposal. Use eye protection and gloves for safety.

You can always try pouring boiling hot water down the sink to start and if that does not work you need go no further.

Removing the Trap
  1. Place a bucket under the trap before taking it apart.

  2. Use a wrench or pliers and unscrew the metal slip nuts a half turn or so and then loosen by hand.

  3. Scrape out the materials blocking the trap.

  4. Tighten the nuts by hand and then tighten with a wrench.

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