How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink with Standing Water


Walk down a grocery aisle, or visit a hardware store, and you’ll find a lot of chemical sewage cleaners. Although these products can be effective, they also contain hazardous chemicals-just take a look at the numerous warnings listed in the containers that can harm your family, use ducts, and contaminate groundwater, possibly Affecting the PH levels of local lakes, rivers, and water sources. You can repair an obstructed drain, even one with standing water, using common household substances and an actuator.

How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink with Standing Water

How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink with Standing Water

Step 1

Before attempting to unclothe the drain, use a ladle or cup to remove as much standing water as possible.

Step 2

Remove all items that can be found in and around the clogged drain. These may include pieces of soap, hair globes, soap foam, undissolved hair gel lumps or toothpaste, and even small toys.

Step 3

Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the clogged drain. Continue with 1 cup of vinegar. Baking soda and vinegar dissolve grease and oil. Allow obstructed drainage to not disturb for 15 minutes.

Step 4

Slowly pour a boiling kettle into the drain to help loosen the partially dissolved clogs. If the plumbing is PVC (plastic), use hot water in place. Wait for another 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 5

Apply a layer of Vaseline around the lip of a plunger. Jelly will help to seal between plunger and surface drainage. Place the plunger directly over the drain. If you are working in a sink drain, use a hand to cover the overflow before you start diving.

Step 6

Press the plunger to the end slowly to create a seal. Then pull the plunger lever upwards quickly. Continue to press the plunger knob up and down briefly for a few minutes.

Step 7

Run water down the drain to see if the clogs are gone. If the water runs freely, you’re finished. If the drain is still clogged, or runs slowly, repeat all steps.

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