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  on Dec 29, 2014

How To Fix a Clogged Kitchen Sink

Whether there's a garbage disposal attached to a kitchen sink or the pipes just lead to the home's drainage system, the sink will eventually clog at least once. It might be because of a build up of grease that was dumped down the drain, large chunks of food that have gotten stuck, or because the garabage disposal mashed up left over rice into a solid pipe clog. You've got some options to fix a clogged kitchen sink without needing to call a plumber. Here they are for your consideration.

1. Run Some Hot Water Down the Drain

If your sink has water backing up into it, the first solution is to run some very hot water down the drain. If grease is the culprit, the hot water will begin to liquefy the fats in that grease and eventually put enough pressure on the clog to free it. If the drain begins to clear, run the hot water for about 5 minutes to free up any residue.

2. Use a Plunger

If you've run the hot water down the drain and you've still got water backing up, then what you use to unclog the toilet can also unclog your sink. If you've got a double sink, however, you'll need two plungers because you'll need to seal off the air pressure on the second drain. Then begin the plunging process to free up the drain. Be careful about how much force you use because not all kitchen sinks are mounted equally.

3. Consider a High Acid Clog Remover

The commercial clog removers have a high level of acid to them so that they can begin eating away at the clog. This is NOT a good option if you have a lot of standing water in the sink. Remove the water before applying the clog remover. Allow the remover to work 15-30 minutes [or as instructed] and then flush the drain with hot water.

4. Remove the Trap

Most drain clogs occur in the trap underneath the sink because of the curvature of the pipes. Most plumbing today just screws on and off by hand, so you should be able to just twist the seals apart to remove the trap. Make sure you've got a bucket handy to catch any excess water that's in the system. If you see the clog, clean it out and then seal up the trap once again.

5. Snake the System

Sometimes the clog can occur beyond the trap and in the pipes that lead to the primary drainage system. If this has happened, then first drain out as much water as you can. If you've used a clog remover, make sure to wear gloves. Using a snake that fits into the pipe, carefully run it through the pipe and work the clog free by spinning the snake. Then close up the plumbing and test the water drainage once again. Clogs that occur deeper than this typically require a plumber to fix. For most kitchen sink clogs, however, one of these 5 options will help you to get the water flowing freely once again.


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