Albuquerque residents may feel powerless when their kitchen sinks become blocked and refuse to drain. The temptation to hire a plumber to address the problem when the water backs up and the counter is piled high with dirty dishes awaits. Alternatively, you may learn how to unclog a kitchen sink on your own using some simple tactics and ideas. Any day is a good day to take on this do-it-yourself job if you have the right tools and follow a few professional guidelines.
If your kitchen sink is clogged, the first thing you should do is unclog the trash disposal. Using hot water, run the disposal for a few seconds to see if it helps clear the clogged drain. Check to see if the garbage disposal is working correctly before doing anything else.
Overheating and automatic shutdown of the disposal may necessitate starting it from the ground up. The base “on/off” switch is usually located on the side or bottom of the garbage disposal machine beneath the sink.
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It’s time to use a kitchen sink plunger if flushing the disposal didn’t dislodge the blockage. Plungers for kitchen sinks are smaller than those for toilets, so pick one up at your local hardware shop. A damp towel or a stopper can be used to close off the drain of a double sink. Fill the side of the sink you wish to plunge with enough water to cover the bell of the plunger completely, and you’ll have a good seal. Plunge into the drain several times with the plunger firmly in place. Remove the plunger and run a few minutes of warm water down the drain once you hear the suction dislodge the clog.
If the plunger doesn’t work, try draining the sink with boiling water, the simplest and least expensive option. Drain cleaning with boiling water is easy if you follow these steps:
- Bring a kettle or saucepan of water to a boil on the stove.
- While you wait for the water to heat, use a cup or small container to remove as much standing water from the sink as possible.
- Let the water cool down in the sink for a few minutes before using it. The blockage is still present if the water in the sink does not drain.
- Using a mug or pot, scoop up as much cooled water as possible and dump it in another sink after allowing the water to cool for around five minutes.
Depending on the kind of blockage, you may have to do the same thing repeatedly until it works.
When clearing out a clogged kitchen sink, you don’t necessarily have to reach for the harsh chemicals. You may already be using a natural drain cleaner in your kitchen. Here are a few suggestions:
- Salt and hot water can be used for this purpose. Drains can be unclogged using salt on occasion. Pour roughly a half-cup of table salt down the drain after removing any remaining water from the sink. A quart of boiling water should then be added. After a few minutes, run hot water over the mixture to clear it.
- It is possible to use baking soda and vinegar to clean your drains at home. Before attempting this method, make sure there is no water in the sink. A cup of baking soda and white or apple cider vinegar should be poured down the drain first. Put the cork in and wait about 15 minutes after the solution begins to bubble. Run hot water to see if it helps remove any obstructions you may have. If the water is draining but slower than usual, repeat the procedure one more time.
- Make a paste of salt and baking soda. Pour a half-cup of salt and a cup of baking soda down the drain to clear the clog. After a few hours of letting the mixture soak, could you give it a last flush with hot water? If it doesn’t remove the blockage, you can repeat this procedure.
It is good to use a coat hanger to unclog your kitchen sink. It’s not as long as a plumber’s snake, but it may be able to reach certain obstructions in your kitchen sink plumbing. Clogs in kitchen drains may be removed using a straightened hanger wire inserted into the clogged area. The wire should be handled with care not to damage your sink. A plastic drain clog removal tool may also help clear out the muck. As a hair removal tool, it may also be used to remove harsh food particles from a blocked kitchen sink or bathroom sink. Take your time and be careful with the thin plastic, as it may easily break off and cause more issues.
A snake from a plumber could do the trick.
If the coat hanger doesn’t work, you’ll need to get a plumber’s snake at the hardware shop. A plumber’s snake, an auger, is a valuable tool for clearing obstructions that have accumulated further down the drain under your kitchen sink. To access the “stub pipe” or “stub out” that runs under the cabinet wall, you’ll need to unscrew the sink’s drainpipe and P-trap. A clog is broken up in this step by inserting the snake until you feel resistance.
You’ll find a P-trap within a cabinet near the curved portion of your kitchen sink’s pipes. Removing the clog from your kitchen drain may be necessary by cleaning the P-trap.
- To begin, place a pan or bucket beneath the drain to catch any water or debris that may leak out.
- Then, remove the P-trap from the drainpipe and remove any debris lodged in it.
- Finally, reinstall the P-trap and run warm water through the pipes for a few minutes, ensuring that all connections are snug.
Clogged sink drains are common, but there are methods to avoid them. If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen, don’t overfill it. Before adding additional pieces, wait for the last pieces to finish grinding and running through. Check out these suggestions for maintaining well-functioning garbage disposal.
Bacon grease, coffee grinds, and other oils should never be flushed down the trash disposal or kitchen drain. Also, be careful to flush the drain thoroughly after each usage. Maintaining and caring for your home’s plumbing components and systems is essential to ensuring that everything runs properly.
There are occasions when you need the aid of a professional to unclog a sink. Home warranty companies will send a skilled technician to your house to find out what’s wrong with your plumbing system and fix it if the warranty covers it. You are the only one who is responsible for how you use the information that Day & Night Plumbing, Heating, Cooling LLC gives you.