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How to Make Your Kitchen Sink Drain Faster

By Marialiberati

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Clogged kitchen sinks are one of the most common problems a homeowner experiences. All too often food debris and soap residue builds up to make it nearly impossible to drain. Make your kitchen sink drain faster by using baking soda and vinegar, using a drain cleaner, and pouring boiling water down.

Use Baking Soda and Vinegar

The chemical reaction that occurs when baking soda and vinegar are mixed is very effective in unclogging a drain. Your ratio should be about equal: one cup of baking soda, one cup of white or apple cider vinegar. Before trying this technique, you should remove any standing water so the baking soda and vinegar can work its magic. First pour the baking soda, then the vinegar. When the bubbles subside, cover with the stopper, and set the timer for 15 minutes. After the time has expired, try flushing the drain with hot water to assess the drainage situation. If needed, repeat the process.

Use Drain Cleaner

Sometimes, the buildup in your pipes will be more stubborn than you initially thought. Drain cleaners can break up materials that accumulate in your plumbing system. Because of the chemical compounds, it is important to wear gloves, avoid spills, follow directions, and not to mix with other cleaners. You would not want an adverse chemical reaction to harm you or your home. The chemical and enzymatic cleaners available are excellent sources for clearing anything that is in the way of your sink from draining properly.

Pour Boiling Water

When it comes to cleaning inside the home, water is damage free. Often your sink has buildup of soap and food debris that just needs a little encouragement to make it down the drain. Hot water will loosen the blockage and promote healthy draining.

Pouring boiling water down your drain really is as simple as it sounds. Bring a half gallon of water to a boil, pour the boiling water directly into the drain, wait for 1-3 minutes, then turn on the faucet to check water flow. If you need the sink to drain even faster, repeat the process.

When your sink is clogged or draining slowly, it is important to fix the issue as soon as possible, to prevent flooding and further damage. Keep your home and your drain healthy with frequent maintenance and avoiding materials the drain cannot process. When needed, use the tips above to restore swift flow.

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How to Make Your Kitchen Sink Drain Faster
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