As a homeowner in Cumbria, one of the essential parts of your house that needs regular maintenance and cleaning is the kitchen sink drain. A clean kitchen sink drain not only ensures that your kitchen stays hygienic and free from unpleasant odours, but it also helps prolong the lifespan of your sink and pipes.
At Drainage Cumbria, we specialize in drain cleaning services for residential and commercial properties in Cumbria and the surrounding North West England area. With years of experience, we've encountered numerous issues related to kitchen sink drains and worked around the clock to help our clients get their drains back in top working condition.
In this guide, we're going to share with you a step-by-step process of how to deep clean your kitchen sink drain in Cumbria.
Before starting the cleaning process, it's essential to familiarize yourself with your kitchen sink drainage system. The sink comprises of drain pipes, P-traps, and the garbage disposal unit if you have one installed.
The P-trap is a curved pipe-shaped like a 'P' that connects to the sink's drain pipe and the main sewage line. It serves to prevent sewer gases from entering your kitchen and to catch any food debris, grease, and hair that makes its way down the drain.
The garbage disposal unit on the other hand is responsible for shredding food waste and pushing it down the drain. It's essential to note that not all homes have garbage disposals; if you don't have one installed, you can skip the cleaning process for it.
Now that you have a basic understanding of your kitchen sink drainage system let's dive into the cleaning process.
The first step in deep cleaning your kitchen sink drain is to prepare the sink. Remove all dishes, utensils, and any other items from the sink. Rinse the sink with hot water to remove any remaining food particles and debris.
If you have a garbage disposal unit installed in your sink, start by turning off the power source. You can either unplug it or switch it off from the circuit panel.
Next, remove the garbage disposal unit from the sink. Turn it counter-clockwise to remove it from the sink's mounting bracket. You should be able to see the blades inside the unit once removed. Be cautious not to damage the blades when removing the unit.
Cleaning the garbage disposal unit is an essential part of deep cleaning your kitchen sink drain. You can use a combination of ice and rock salt to clean it. Put a half cup of rock salt into the disposal and turn on the cold water. Next, pour a tray full of ice cubes into the disposal and turn it on. The ice and rock salt will work together to remove any food debris and grease stuck to the blades.
Another option is to use a solution of lemon and ice cubes. Cut a lemon in half and put it into the disposal. Turn on the cold water and pour ice cubes into the disposal. The ice and lemon solution will help remove any unpleasant odours from the disposal, leaving it fresh and clean.
The P-trap is an essential part of the kitchen sink drainage system. It's responsible for trapping any food debris, grease or hair that makes its way down the drain, preventing it from entering the main sewage line. Over time, the P-trap can become clogged, leading to unpleasant odours and slow drainage.
To clean the P-trap, start by placing an empty bucket beneath it. Next, use a pair of pliers to loosen the slip nuts that hold the trap in place. Be cautious not to damage the pipes when removing them. Once the nuts are loose, remove the P-trap entirely and empty any debris and water into the bucket.
Rinse the P-trap and pipes with hot water and use a pipe cleaner to remove any remaining debris. Once you're done, reattach the P-trap and tighten the slip nuts.
With the garbage disposal and P-trap cleaned, it's time to clean the sink thoroughly. You can use a combination of hot water and white vinegar to clean the sink. Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar and pour it into the sink. Let it sit for 25 minutes, then rinse with hot water.
Finally, wipe down the sink with a clean cloth be sure that all traces of vinegar and debris are gone.
And there you have it - a start-to-finish deep clean of your kitchen sink drain. If you're in Cumbria and require professional drain cleaning services, don't hesitate to contact Drainage Cumbria at 01228 734162, and we'll be more than happy to help.