Have a Slow Draining Kitchen Sink?
No one wants to do the dishes in a slow draining kitchen sink. That murky water mixed with soap and food particles stinks! If you're dealing with this unfortunate problem, don't be so quick to call up your local Utah plumbing company. You may be able to fix the problem yourself with the handy DIY tips we have listed below.
Any Hour Services is a plumbing company that understands the pride and joy homeowners take in fixing household issues on their own, so we have listed a few DIY tips for you to try. While drain issues can often be handled by the average homeowner, sometimes the issue is more complicated. A slow draining kitchen sink could signify old, gunky pipes that need professional cleaning. If the tips below don't solve your issue, you may need professional drain cleaning.
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DIY Tips for a Slow Draining Kitchen Sink
Inspect the Garbage Disposal
While convenient for food waste, garbage disposals are typically the first cause of a kitchen sink backup. Turn on the disposal to chop up any food waste that may be slowing down the drainage. If the disposal is jammed, you will hear a low humming noise and need to inspect the disposal. Safety first: turn the power OFF and never stick your hand inside the disposal! Then, you look inside the disposal with a flashlight and remove any blockage or foreign object you see with tongs. No visible blockage? Try resetting the disposal by pressing the reset button on the bottom of the device.
If that didn't work, your next option is a plunger (not your toilet plunger please!). For double basin kitchen sinks, place a drain stopper on one side. Put the plunger over the slow drain and cover it with a little bit of water. Quickly pump the plunger up and down ten to 15 times to dislodge any blockage that is slowing down the drain.
Check the P Trap
The P Trap, or U shaped section of pipe under your kitchen sink, prevents sewer gasses from rising up the drain. It is also the perfect place for plastic toys, earrings, watches and other foreign objects to get stuck and slow down the drainage. Turn off the water supply, remove this section of your pipe and remove any objects.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Sometimes a slow draining kitchen sink is not caused by a direct blockage but rather by a buildup of grease and grime on the pipe walls. This is where professional drain cleaning comes in handy, but first, you can try the baking soda and vinegar trick. Pour half a cup of each down your drain and wait ten minutes or so for the mixture to break down grease and other gunk. Then pour boiling water down the drain and flush the sludge away! While this works as a quick fix, if your pipe has too much build-up it is only a matter of time until the kitchen sink begins draining slowly again.
Call a Professional
If you have a stubborn kitchen sink clog or the tricks above can't restore proper flow to the drain, don't worry! Any Hour plumbing professionals are here to help. Our plumbers and drain experts have the experience, tools and technology necessary to unclog any drain and restore old, dirty pipes. We offer hydro jetting and other premium plumbing services that can restore your kitchen sink drain.
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A slow draining kitchen sink only makes the dreaded dirty dishes chore worse. Thankfully, our team can help you avoid this murky mess! We promise fast results, friendly customer service and fair pricing. If you have questions or would like to schedule a drain cleaning or unclogging service, give us a call and let us know how we can help.
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