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Grease Has Clogged Your Kitchen Drain. Now What?

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Every homeowner should know that dumping grease or other leftovers from a meal down into your kitchen sink is a bad idea. And yet plenty of homeowners still manage to accidentally clog their kitchen drain anyway. Maybe you were lazy and didn't feel like taking out the trash again because just scraping it into the sink is so much easier. Maybe your kids have been dumping things into the kitchen sink without telling you. Regardless of the reason, you now have a clogged kitchen drain that is in need of some help. Here are some tips that might get things cleared up again.

Recreate Eight Grade Science Class

Did you ever make a baking soda volcano in your junior high or high school science class? Baking soda mixed with vinegar likely caused an explosive foam reaction that impressed your parents or friends. Well, guess what, that same reaction can actually get you out of your current mess. Dump some baking soda down into the clogged drain and let it settle for a moment. Then, slowly quickly pour an equal part of vinegar as a chaser. You'll then want to use a stopper or perhaps a cooking pot to cover the drain as the foam reaction begins to occur. The idea is that you want the foam to remain below the drain surface, allowing the explosion to rattle loose the source of your clog.

Some Like It Hot But Your Drain Clog Will Not

But what if you don't have any baking soda or vinegar in the pantry and don't have time to run to the store? The good news for you is you might be able to break through the clog with nothing but water, provided that it is very, very hot. Put a large cooking pot on the stove and fill it with water. Let it come to the hottest possible boil you can manage. (Put the lid over the pot as it heats up to speed up the process and let it pick up some more steam.) Then, as quickly as you can without spilling it, move the burning hot water from the cooking pot directly into your drain. If you can get the water down there while it is still boiling, the reaction might be enough to undo the clog.

Contact a Residential Plumber

If your home remedies are not working, it's time for some professional help. Contact a contractor or firm that offers residential plumbing services for some further assistance. And in the future, be more careful about what you put down your kitchen drain.


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