If your kitchen drain is constantly becoming clogged, this can be frustrating. To help you, below are some reasons why you may be getting these clogs. You will also find information on how you can remove the clogs. You need to hire a plumber if you cannot get them out yourself or if you continue to get clogs in the drain.
Causes of Drain Clogs
The main causes of clogs in a kitchen drain are grease, food, and other debris. If you put grease down the drain, this builds up on the sides of the pipes. Over time, this grease continues to build up and will result in a clog. Other things that go down the drain, such as food and debris, can also stick to the grease causing an even bigger clog.
Food alone can also cause a clog. This may be eggshells if you peel eggs over the sink. You may rinse dishes with food still on them. Rice especially can cause clogs as it swells up when it comes wet.
Remove Clogs Yourself
You can try to remove the clog yourself before you hire a professional. There are drain cleaners that you can purchase. Follow the instructions on how to use the product properly.
You can also put about a cup of baking soda into the drain and then pour about a cup of vinegar into the drain. The vinegar reacts with the baking soda, and you will hear a fizzing sound. The baking soda and vinegar will then eat through the clog removing it. Once you start hearing the fizzing sound, put a stopper over the drain. After about 20 minutes, run the water to see if the clog is removed.
Hire a Plumber
If you are still getting clogs or cannot remove the one you have, it is time to contact a plumber. The clog may be deeper into the pipe, which will make it much harder for you to remove.
The plumber will use a drain snake in the pipe to remove the clog. If this is not working, the plumber will use a drain auger. This is a boring tool that rotates as the plumber puts it down the drain. It continues to rotate until it hits the clog and then pushes through the clog to remove it.
If you have a sewer, the plumber may use a sewer camera to find the clog. They will then use hydro jetting to remove the clog and clean the pipe. Hydro jetting is using a strong blast of water into the pipe.
Contact a plumber about clogged drains.