What is the Best DIY to Clear Those Kitchen Sink Drain Clogs?
Some of the most common plumbing problems we encounter are with clogged drains, and kitchen sink clogs can be frequent considering that lots of cooking grease and left over food particles end up down the drain.
What is the first thing you should do? Call a plumber or try out a DIY fix?
Professional plumbers, like our experts at Bill Howe (we’ve been clearing drain clogs in San Diego since 1980) are the best solution for tough clogs and blockages in the line. But what about all the internet DIY remedies floating around?
DIY remedies can be great. They save time and money. But, what really works?
The most common solution found online when searching for that clogged kitchen drain remedy is vinegar and baking soda. This method suggests starting with boiling water down the drain. Then adding baking soda allowing it to remain in the drain for a few minutes. Follow with vinegar and more boiling water. After several more minutes, add more boiling water.
This probably works for some minor clogs, but it is not due to the cleaning power of baking soda and vinegar. Together, they create a fizzy reaction, but they do not have the power to degrease or move clogs down the line. The three rounds of boiling water are probably the most effective part of the vinegar solution.
For a tough degreasing clean, the best home remedy we recommend to our homeowners to clear and clean their clogged kitchen sinks in san Diego is to use a degreasing liquid detergent such as *Dawn.
Combine a small amount of the degreasing detergent with running hot water for several minutes to penetrate the grease buildup in your kitchen drain. It will not clear away major clogs or obstructions, but if you are experiencing a slow drain and want to save a plumber visit if possible, this is the way to go. You can use running water from the tap, but like the vinegar solution, boiling a large pot of water and pouring it down the drain is ideal. It gives it a heavy and powerful flushing.
Using the degreasing liquid detergent and hot running water once a month can also help prevent grease build up. This is especially helpful around the holidays when kitchen sinks see the most use (and sometimes abuse!). Just remember, a small amount of the liquid goes a long way.
And when the clog in your *kitchen sink is too far gone, call San Diego’s best plumber, Bill Howe for 24/7 service 365 days a year 1-800 Bill Howe 245-5469.
*Bill Howe Plumbing has no affiliation with Dawn liquid detergent and has not been compensated for this endorsement.
*Signs the clog in your kitchen sink drain are in need of professional plumber in san Diego may be standing water in both sides of the sink, leaking underneath from the pipes when no water is running, or food particles coming back up through the sink.