No matter how careful we are when putting dirty dishes into the sink and throwing the leftover food into the garbage, it can often get overlooked by children and other family members, and those food particles can end up clumping together.
This can block the pipes, especially when there is bread or rice involved. Plus, the oils from food can further increase the problem as they keep solidifying to form a permanent blockage. But remember, a permanently blocked drain is just a myth.
To get rid of a blocked drain, all that you need is a set of right products and techniques.
In this article, we will show you how to clean the sink and unclog the drainage like a pro!
If you believe that a small object is blocking your sink drainage, we recommend using a plunger to force that object out of the pipe. However, if you do not know what type of blockage you are dealing with, you should try an effective cleaning product before using a plunger. If the blockage is a tough one, it’s recommended to simply call the plumber to have it fixed.
How to Clean a Sink With a Plunger
Make sure that you are using a proper sink plunger, since a toilet plunger is not very hygienic, nor as effective.
First, ensure that the overflow is blocked. Remember to close the main valve for kitchen water, if you have one. If the overflow is not blocked, the air will simply flow out, and you will fail to create enough pressure to push the object out.
Make the plunger wet with water. Next, put it over the sink-hole and make sure that it is airtight.
Pump up and down quickly – this creates an air pressure in the pipes, which is needed to force the object out of the drains to get your sink unclogged.
Repeat this for a few times. Then, check to see whether the object has come into the trap. Sometimes, if you have not cleaned the trap for a while, you will find some bits of food and hair in there. This is an excellent time to clean all that up!