A home's drain system is usually the last to receive any attention until it either drains slowly or there is a clog. The kitchen sink it easily the most used area of the drain system, and therefore requires more TLC than other draining areas in the home--especially when there is a garbage disposal involved. Regularly cleaning your kitchen pipes may save you time by preventing other problems.
Things You'll Need
- Bottle brush
- Wire hanger
- Toilet plunger
- Small bowl or bucket
- Rubber gloves
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Rinse out the sink (both sides if it is a double sink) and allow each side to drain completely.
Disconnect the drain pipes from the sink, the p-trap and the pipe going into the wall. The pipes should be easy to disconnect by hand. Allow the pipes to drain into a bowl or a small bucket.
In another bucket of water or sink, rinse and scrub the drain pipes out with a bottle brush. Use a mild soap to clean if desired. Wear a pair of gloves when doing this.
Reconnect the pipes under the sink after they are scrubbed. The pipes do not need to dry before they are reconnected.