Clearing kitchen drain clogs can be extremely frustrating for homeowners, especially if they don’t have the time, patience, and tools to unclog the kitchen drain.
To eliminate the hassle and inconvenience, we always recommend you hire our kitchen drain cleaning plumbers in Los Angeles to come to the rescue.
Below we explain how our plumbers will respond to a kitchen drain clog emergency in 6 simple steps without using a plunger.
Clean Drain Trap
When our Los Angeles plumbers can’t clear a kitchen drain clog by using a plunger, they’ll turn their attention to clean the drain trap. This is the j-shaped bend connected by slip nuts to the fixture drain pipe from the kitchen sink.
Step 1 To prevent water and debris from spilling on the kitchen floor, our plumber will place a bucket under the drain trap.
Step 2 If he finds the clogged drain trap has a clean out plug, usually located in the bend’s base, he will remove the plug, insert a thin brush, and slowly rotate it around the trap’s bends to collect and remove any debris that could be the source of the clog.
Step 3 If he does not find the clogged drain trap has a clean-out plug, he will then remove the trap. He does this by using water pump pliers on the slip nuts that connect the drain trap to the fixture drain line. If he finds the nuts are difficult to remove, he may apply some oil around the threads to loosen them.
Step 4 Once he removes the clogged drain trap, he will hold it over the bucket and use his finger (while wearing gloves) or a small wire brush to scrub away any debris responsible for the drain clog. If the clog is emulsified grease, it could be hardened in the trap’s bends like a rock and require a lot of scrubbing and poking to complete remove it.
Step 5 To make sure the drain trap is 100% clean and clog-free, he will turn on the kitchen sink faucet to run soapy hot water through the trap. The water will collect in the bucket to prevent a mess.
Step 6 The last step is reconnecting the clean drain trap. But before he does that, he will inspect the trap and slip nut washers for any signs of excessive wear, cracks, or corrosion. If damage is detected, he will replace the worn out parts to prevent a pipe leak. When he reassembles the trap he may reseal the threads by using Teflon tape or a pipe joint compound.
In future blog posts, we’ll provide homeowner tips how to prevent kitchen drain clogs.