Kitchen Sink Clogged With Grease
There are many ways you can go about unclogging a greasy drain at home. While some may be less offensive than others, they may not work for you. Breaking through a grease clog requires the right tools for the job. To save your social life the rigors of monthly drain flushing, your best bet is to get it right the first time.
The grease clog is one of the most common clogs encountered in the kitchen. Fats, oils, and grease build up over time, catching in the nooks and crannies of your pipes and cutting you off from the main sewer line. These clogs tend to start in the trap under your sink, where cooking oil has a chance to cool down and harden. They love to hold on to hair and scraps of food, creating long, putrid masses that not only clog up your drain but provide entertainment hotspots for drain flies and other questionable critters.
Over time these clumps of rotting food and rancid fats and greases can produce a powerful smell that serves as a warning sign for things to come. If your kitchen sink has developed a smell or is backed up or just running slow, chances are you’re dealing with a grease clog.
Kitchen Sink Clogged? Follow the guide below to learn what to do.
How To Unclog The Kitchen Sink?
Although flushing your sink with hot water may help to alleviate the problem, you will have to do more than that if you would like to keep it clear.
For simple, localized clogs, your best bet is to take apart the piping under the sink. While caustic cleaners offer definite advantages, such as not getting wet and not having to touch the sullen, greasy mass that is your clog, they may not do a thorough job. Unless you enjoy spending your weekend’s elbow deep in dirty water, it’s best to get it done right the first time.
Bailout your sink and drop a bucket below your pipes before removing the trap, which looks like a U or a J-shaped pipe. A large wrench will help you remove the metal or plastic fittings that hold it together. Unscrew the top first and let any standing water in the sink drain before you unscrew the bottom fitting.
In most cases, your clog will be quite evident at this point; all you need to do now is dispose of it. If the clog isn’t in the bend, but only your kitchen sink is affected, you may have a blockage at the “T,” which is where your sink drain connects to the main house line. If you have a drain snake, force it through the open pipe and remove the clog manually.
Kitchen Sink Clogged Nothing Works
Clogged Drain Deep In Pipe
If you have been unable to locate your clog using this guide, your issue is much larger than a simple clogged sink. Your best bet is to call in a professional plumber and have them evaluate your main line. If all has gone well, you are now clog-free. If you would like to stay that way, it is best to reduce the grease you are flushing into your sewer lines. You may also consider installing a small grease trap to help collect fats, oils, and greases before they can settle into blockages. Grease isn’t only bad for you; it’s terrible for the city-systems too.
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