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When you’re running a restaurant, a clogged sink can really screw things up as dishes are piled unwashed and cooking becomes a problem. It’s also quite a nuisance at home. But clogged sinks are actually a very common problem in any kitchen.

So what should you do when this happens? Before you call a professional plumbing service, here are some solutions you can try out on your own. All these methods are quite simple, and they have the added advantage of being inexpensive.

1. Use a plunger. A regular plunger should do just fine. If your kitchen sink has other outlets, you need to first make sure that they’re all plugged securely with wet rags. Then partially fill up the sink with hot water. Position the plunger directly over the drain opening, and plunge up and down about 6 to 10 times. You may have to try this several times. Some clogs are just so stubborn

2. Use a metal wire hanger. Straighten the wire with a hook at the end and a makeshift handle on the other end. You can then insert this down the drain so you can deal with whatever is causing the blockage. You can try to pull out the gunk, or just push through the clog to create an opening.

3. Use baking soda and vinegar. Now if the metal wire doesn’t fix it, you will have to remove the water from the kitchen sink using a bowl and a bucket. Then pour about half a cup of baking soda down the drain, and after a few minutes you can follow that up with half a cup of white vinegar. Then finish up with hot water. Again, you may have to try this a few times before it’ll work. (By the way, pour the same mixture down the drain once a month to prevent fiascos like this.)

4. Use baking soda and salt. When the baking soda and vinegar solution doesn’t work after a few tries, it’s time to use a different mixture. This time, you need to pour an entire cup of baking soda down the drain, along with half a cup of salt. You’ll have to let it sit for a few hours, maybe even overnight. In the morning, pour 2-4 cups of boiling water down the drain.

5. Try the plunger again. If you have used all the aforementioned mixtures and yet the drain is still clogged, you can try the plunger again. Sometimes the mixtures can really soften the blockage, and the plunger can provide the “killing blow” that solves the problem once and for all.

Once you solve your problem, do some research on other preventive measures you can do to prevent another clogged sink problem. And if nothing works, perhaps it is time to call us at 808-847-5414 to request a free estimate.

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