How to Clean Kitchen Sink Pipes

Cleaning Kitchen Sink Pipes
Cleaning Kitchen Sink Pipes (Image: http://visual.merriam-webster.com/images/house/plumbing/examples-branching/garbage-disposal-sink.jpg)

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.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remove any clogs before disconnecting the drain pipes. If the clog is in one of the pipes, it will be easier to remove when the pipes are disconnected.
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