Slow Draining Kitchen Sink – How To Guide

slow draining kitchen sink how to guide

A slow draining kitchen sink can be a frustrating experience. Many people around the world suffer with this problem, luckily it’s quite easy to fix. The cause of this issue is due to a build up of organic matter within the drain pipe. Clogged drains that can’t efficiently process water through the pipes leads to slow draining sinks. If this issue isn’t dealt with in a timely manner, this can lead to a back-flow of organic material. Letting things get to this level can lead to costly plumbing expenses, odors & dealing with disgusting back-flow of organic matter found in your kitchen sink.

How To Fix A Slow Draining Kitchen Sink

You will need a few easy to find household products first. Here is what you will need:

  • a pair of latex or rubber gloves
  • a plunger
  • baking soda
  • white vinegar
  • dish soap
  • Tong or Chopsticks
  • paper towels.

Fixing Your Kitchen Sink Clog

First and foremost, remove any debris around your your sink area to prevent further clogs. You will need to use a pair of chopsticks or tongs and reach down into your drain pipe. Using your tongs or chopsticks, feel out and remove any debris that you feel. NEVER put you fingers or hands into the drain directly! Removing debris using this method will remove clogs within the superficial and upper portions of your kitchen sink tailpiece.

kitchen sink anatomy for kitchen sink clog

The next step is to run some water into your basin and determine whether water drains more quickly with the obstructions gone. If you are not satisfied with the results you are seeing, proceed to the next step. It is important that you not resort to using dangerous and harsh chemicals until you try the next step!

Slow Draining Kitchen Sink – Plunger Fix

Unfortunately if a method above did not work, it can mean that that you have a clog within the trap of your drain pipes (commonly referred to as a ‘p-trap’). If you believe that your p-trap is clogged or blocked, a regular plunger should do the trick.

Here is what you will need to do. First you will need to keep your faucet running with water. Once your sink fills up with water, you will need to plunge vigorously on top of your drain opening. Doing so will loosen the clog. If you used the plunger correctly, you will notice that the water level will rapidly drain.

Slow Draining Kitchen Sink – Chemical Fix

This step will require a dry sink. Again, using harsh chemicals should be the last resort when it comes to clearing your sink of clogs. Instead of using harsh chemicals, use some household supplies. You will need baking soda and white vinegar.

Pour half a cup of baking soda into your dry sink. Follow this up with a same quantity of white vinegar. Let this concoction settle for up to 4 hours. This mixture of baking soda and vinegar will slowly but surely dissolve organic matter, grease and debris trapped deep within your drain pipe. The chemical reaction will produce foam, so don’t be alarmed as this is completely normal and will actively break down the debris in your sink.

The next step is to pour some boiling water into your drain. This will help flush out loose debris that have been dissolved with the baking soda and vinegar mixture.

Test to see how quickly the water is draining now. If these steps above do not work, it is recommended that you call a licensed plumber in your area to deal with the issue. Otherwise, you can try pouring some drain cleaning down your sink.

Preventing a Slow Draining Kitchen Sink For Good

Can we all agree that the best way to solve a slow draining kitchen sink is to prevent it from happening in the first place? You need to try Sani Sticks – Drain Deodorizer & Drain Cleaner. Sani Sticks is made from natural enzymes that will dissolve debris from building up in your sink. It sits deep in the p-trap of your sink meaning that it will dissolve debris deep within your drain pipe. In addition to dissolving debris build ups in your pipes, it will also leave your sink smelling nice. There are many scents to choose from (I prefer Lemon Scented Sani Sticks).

To use Sani Sticks, you will need to insert a single stick into your drain pipe once a month. Each pack of Sani Sticks contains 24 individual sticks, meaning that you can keep your kitchen sink in good help for 2-years! I use it for my kitchen sink and bathroom sink once a month.


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