Should You Increase the Diameter of Your Kitchen Drain Pipe?

Posted on: 27 June 2016

If you find yourself frequently dealing with a clogged or slow-draining kitchen sink, you may have already tried a variety of commercial drain cleaners in an effort to unclog your drain for good, with only limited effect. Often, as long as you're taking efforts to prevent your sink from becoming clogged with oily deposits or pieces of food, this problem can be remedied fairly easily by installing a kitchen drain pipe slightly larger in diameter than your current one. When is this the best option for your kitchen sink? Read on to learn more about whether a larger pipe could cure your drainage troubles.

What should you do to unclog your kitchen sink prior to expanding the pipe?

Before undertaking a plumbing project, you'll want to make sure you've done everything you can to unclog your sink (and keep it unclogged). Although commercial drain cleaners contain powerful chemicals designed to strip out greasy deposits and dissolve organic matter, in some cases, using a simple solution of baking soda and vinegar can be more effective. You'll just need to sprinkle the baking soda into your sink first, then follow it with some white vinegar. These substances combine to form a foamy mixture that is excellent at forcing organic matter and grease the rest of the way down the drain and into the sewer or your septic tank.

If this isn't successful, you'll want to remove and clean your sink's P-trap (the section of your pipe that curves just below your sink). This is designed to create hydrostatic pressure that prevents your sink from backing up in the event of a flood -- however, the shape of this curved section can sometimes lead to clogs that can't easily be reached with either commercial drain cleaner or vinegar and baking soda. If you find that your P-trap is filled with debris, you may have figured out why you have constant clogs. 

When is installing a larger drain pipe a worthwhile investment?

In some cases, even taking the above steps won't be enough to prevent your kitchen drain from continuing to clog every few days. If so, replacing your current pipe with a slightly larger one may be enough to keep the water flowing freely. This process can be performed by a handy homeowner with access to a couple of wrenches, or you may instead opt to have a plumber make this swap for little more than the consult fee. As long as you avoid pouring grease (or putting greasy food scraps) down your new larger drain, you should be able to avoid having to unclog it for years to come.

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