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When your kitchen sink starts draining out water slowly than usual, and water takes more time than normal to drain, then a looming clogged sink might be inevitable.
If you are someone that ignores warning signs and shrugs them off your shoulders, then you might just have to start unclogging your kitchen sink drain soon after. However, no matter how it turns out to be, a clog in your kitchen sink drain isn’t as serious as it may appear.
It can be corrected and get it flowing again just with some simple kitchen cleaning tips.
There are a lot of options that you can choose from when considering which drain cleaners to use to do a routine kitchen cleaning or to use as corrective clog removing measures.
Kitchen sink drain cleaners range from chemical products, enzymatic or organic cleansers, and the DIY(do it yourself) domestic cleansers.
Simply follow for How to use a drain cleaner
There are different methods of applying a drain cleaner on your kitchen sink, depending on the type of product you are using.
- Open the bottle or container while firmly grasping the container. Do not splash, press or squeeze.
- Pour the specified and needed amount into the drains.
- Leave and allow up to 20-30 minutes for the clog to clear.
- Flush the substance down the drain with plenty of warm water.
For liquid drain cleaners, apply these methods
- Remove any standing water from the kitchen sink and leave to dry.
- Add 1- 3 tablespoon of liquid product into the drain.
- Add a little amount of cool water, as too much might immediately flush the substance down the drain.
- Allow the liquid sit for 20-30 minutes for clogs and dirt to be cleared.
- Flush down thoroughly with cold water.
For homemade drain cleaners, you can apply the following method
- Remove all standing water from the kitchen sink drain surface.
- Apply a solution of baking soda and vinegar on the drain surface.
- Leave to stay for 15-30 minutes.
- Flush down thoroughly with warm water.
A routine kitchen cleaning and check will intimate you on early signs of discrepancies in your kitchen sink drain and kitchen, generally. Maintain your kitchen sink well.
Do not pour food crumbs, bacon and greasy things in your sink, they might end up clogging up somewhere in the sink and making you incur an unnecessary and avoidable cost.
Clean your kitchen sink daily. Pour water gently; do it one at a time. You can also leave your kitchen sink smelling nice all day by occasionally putting a few drops of vinegar to clean it.
Types of Drain Cleaner
Caustic Chemicals drainers
A good number of drain cleaners fall in this category and are common household names. They are effective when it comes to clearing the clog, but would you like to also know the side effects?
Most drain cleaners use caustic chemicals to dissolve clogs. Meanwhile, some of these chemicals can cause damage to your drain pipes, which might subsequently weaken your pipes and cause them to burst.
For metal pipes, it is more obvious, as it makes the pipes corrosive and damages prematurely. In addition to all these, be careful when handling these chemicals, some of them are harmful to your skin.
Biological Drain Cleaners
With simple kitchen tools, you can remove that seeming never bulging clog from your kitchen sink. With water, salt, vinegar, coat hanger, and other plumbing tools, you can get your sink flowing well again without stress.
Two Important things when need you The drain cleaner.
Before you go for that drain cleaner, understand what they do, which one suits you the most and which kind of drain surface you want to use it on.
#1. Understand what drain cleaners do.
Be cool before you go for any drain cleaner, you need to fully understand the advantages or shortcoming of such product, to avert any untold or self-incurred property damage.
#2. Know which product suits your drain.
I know you want to desperately get that drain fixed and get it over with, but you can’t go for every Tom, Dick and Harry product. Know the right drain cleaner for the right place.
Drain cleaners are not safe for use in toilets, tubs, houses with septic tanks or garbage disposal.
Choose the type that is best and suitable for you.
From caustic chemicals, biological products to simple household tools and kitchen equipment, you have a myriad of options to choose from. However, note that some of these products, especially chemicals are potentially harmful and have to be handled with care.