It's that time of the year! We get so busy in the kitchen at holiday time and it seems sometimes forget that my kitchen sink is not a catch all. Every so often I get in a hurry and clog up my kitchen sink drain! Having a disposer I guess I assume it can eat anything! If you are like me, I try to put way too much down it. Stringy vegetables, like celery are the worst! I have some tips that have worked for me that I thought I would share during this time. I did not want to add a nasty photo as we all know how bad the gunk looks standing in our sink. Obviously, try not to get it clogged in the first place. While running the water, try inserting food down into it slowly. Too much in too quickly will clog it up fast.
So here are my tips for unclogging it:
First things first, unplug the disposer unit!!
If this does not work, I resort to a liquid drain cleaner. I wanted to unscrew the pipe and clean it out, but my husband got nervous when I started talking about messing with the plumbing, and got some Liquid-Plumber Gel at Costco. I was very skeptical. I mean, if my strong arm muscles and the plunger hadn't worked , I doubted that Liquid-Plumber would work. But, in less than 24 hours, it had completely cleared the clogged drain!
Tip: Scoop all of the standing water out of the sink, so the Drano can go in full-strength.
If you don't want to use Drano, look under the sink and find the spot in the pipes where you believe the clog is located. If you have plastic pipes, you should be able to unscrew them and unclog the area. I found directions for doing this online (Be sure to have a big bucket ready to catch everything below!)
To help maintain clean drains and pipes naturally, sprinkle baking soda in drains and then pour in some vinegar once in awhile. Remember doing this as a volcano experiment in school? Flush drains with boiling water. Doing that usually keeps all our drains running great!
Do you have any drain or clog tips to add? We'd love to hear from you! (Unfortunately I know this is not the last time I will ever clog a drain...) :)
Even though I send this around the holidays, it helps anytime of the year.
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