A clogged drain is a fairly common occurrence for Siesta Key, Florida, homeowners. While there are many things you can do to help prevent this problem — like throwing away more food than you grind through the disposal — some clogs are inevitable. Clear those troublesome clogs quickly with a few smart steps.
Cleaning the Clogged Drain
If you have only a minor clog, you may be able to get rid of the offending material with the right cleaning solution. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain and follow with 2 cups of white vinegar. Leave the mixture to work on the clog for about half an hour, then flush with boiling water.
Plunge Your Drain
The plunger isn’t just for the toilet — though you should keep a separate plunger around for that purpose. With a small plunger in hand, you can also clear clogs in your kitchen sink. If your sink has two drains, place a wet towel over one to create a seal while you plunge the other. As you place the plunger over the drain, make sure you roll it into the sink so you’re pushing water into the drain and not air.
Clear the P-trap
The P-trap is a J-shaped piece of pipe under your kitchen sink. Place a bucket under the pipe before you remove this section, as you can expect a lot of drainage here. Carefully unscrew the slip nuts and remove the P-trap. Clear the clog from the pipe (along with any remaining waste from the adjacent pipes if visible) and replace the P-trap.
Call Your Plumber
If the previous methods don’t work, you may have a clog that’s beyond your capabilities as a DIY repairman. In these cases, it’s best to call your plumber. Plumbers have access to more advanced tools, such as snakes, that will help remove the clog.
Any time you’re facing a stubborn plumbing problem that you can’t handle, it’s best to consult a professional. Contact Aqua at (941) 306-3715 for help with those clogs you can’t cure.
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