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    The KHT Club

     (KNOW-HOW-TO)

    UNCLOG A SINK WITHOUT CALLING A PLUMBER.

    1. USE BOILING WATER (EASY AND CHEAP)
      1. Boil a kettle or pot of water.
      2. Make sure standing water is removed from the sink (use mug, small pot, etc.).
      3. Pour all the hot water into the sink, let it sit for a couple of minutes. 
      4. If the water does not drain, the clog is still there.
      5. Let water cool about five minutes, then remove by scooping out.
      6. Repeat steps 1 to 6.

    NB:

    You may need to repeat the 1 to 3. process several times to move the clog, but this strategy often works on many types of blockages.

    1. CHECK THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL
      1. Check to make sure your garbage disposal is not causing the problem. A clogged disposal can easily clog a drain.
      2. Run the disposal for a minute or two with hot water running (did that clear the clog?). 
      3. If that does not work, turn off the disposal. Make sure it is turned off.
      4. Carefully inspect the disposal to make sure it’s running correctly.
      5. If the disposal has overheated and automatically switched off, restart it at the base. 
      6. The base on/off switch can usually be found on the side or bottom of the disposal unit underneath the sink. 
    1. USE SALT AND BOILING WATER
      1. Remove as much standing water from the sink as possible.
      2. Pour about a half a cup (½ cup) of table salt down the drain.
      3. Pour in about a quart of boiling water. 
      4. Let it sit for a few minutes.
      5. Flush with hot water to clear the mixture. 
    1. VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA
      1. Remove standing water before trying this technique.
      2. Pour about a cup of baking soda into the drain.
      3. Pour an equal amount of white or apple cider vinegar. 
        • The solution will soon start to bubble; wait for bubbles to subside.
      4. Put sink stopper in and wait about 15 minutes.
      5. Run the hot water to see if the clog clears. 
      6. Repeat the process one more time if the water is draining, but slower than normal (that means the clog is not fully clear yet). 
    1. BAKING SODA AND SALT
      1. Mix about a cup of baking soda with half a cup of salt.
      2. Pour this mixture down the drain.
      3. Let the mixture sit for several hours,
      4. Flush with boiling water.
      5. Repeat the process if it does not work the first time. 
    1. USE A PLUNGER
      1. First seal off the drain on the other sink with a wet cloth or a stopper (if you have a double sink).
      2. Create a tight seal around the plunger (by filling the side of the sink you intend to plunge with enough water to cover the bell of the plunger).
      3. Place the plunger firmly over the drain and plunge vigorously several times.
      4. When you hear the suction clear the clog, remove the plunger.
      5. Flush the drain well with warm water for a couple of minutes. 
    1. CLEANING THE P-TRAP
      1. The P-trap is at the curve of the drainpipe under the sink.
      2. (It may be necessary to clean your kitchen drain’s P-trap to clear the clog). 
      3. Place a pan or bucket underneath the drain to catch any water or debris that may fall out of the P-Trap.
      4. Unfasten the P-trap from the drainpipe.
      5. Hold a flashlight to one end. If you see light at the other end, the trap is clear. If no light can be seen, clear out whatever is stuck in it. 
      6. Replace the P-trap
      7. Place a clean, dry container, lined with white paper towel underneath the P-Trap.
      8. Run warm water through the pipes for a few minutes. If the paper towel becomes wet, then the P-Trap is loose (tighten it a bit more, but not so much that it messes up the connection thread.
    1. USE A PLUMBER’S SNAKE (AUGER)
      1. A plumber’s snake (auger) is a handy tool that can clear clogs stuck further down the drainage system under your kitchen sink.
      2. Disassemble the drainpipe and P-trap that runs underneath the kitchen sink to expose the “stub pipe” or “stub out” that travels behind the cabinet wall.
      3. This is where you insert the snake into the pipe until you feel resistance.
      4. Continually twist the snake to break up the clog. 
    1. DO NOT HAVE A PLUMBER’S SNAKE?

    Use a wire coat hanger as a substitute by straightening it. Of course, it would not reach as far as a plumber’s snake would, but it may be long enough to reach some clogs. 

    1. Straightened hanger wire 
    2. Insert into the kitchen drain or stub pipe.
    3. Push through or pull out the clog if you can reach it.
    4. Be careful not to scratch your sink with the wire. 

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