Fix A Clogged Kitchen Sink Drain
Fix a clogged kitchen sink drain can put a stop to the flow of your kitchen chores too and if not fixed as soon as possible, could lead to a completely blocked drain that won’t let water through.
There are three ways to fix a clogged kitchen sink drain and here they are:
Use A Sink Plunger
- If it’s a double sink, stuff a washcloth into the unclogged drain
- Remove the clogged sink’s basket strainer
- Fill the sink with about 3 inches of water
- Position plunger over the drain
- Work the plunger quickly up and down
- Pull the plunger off to see if the water starts to drain.
- Keep using the plunger until the drain is cleared
Baking Soda And Vinegar
- You can go this route first or as a next option if the plunger doesn’t work
- If you used the plunger first to no avail, remove standing water on the sink. Bail it out into a bucket.
- Force 1 cup of baking soda down the drain. Use your hand or a spatula.
- Pour 1 cup of vinegar down the drain.
- Cover the drain and leave for 5 minutes
- After 5 minutes, run hot water down the drain to see if the clog is cleared
- Apply the baking soda and vinegar solution again when necessary
Cable Auger or Plumber’s Snake
- To fix a clogged kitchen sink drain using an auger, be prepared to get down on your knees
- Place a bucket under the sink pipes
- Use a pipe wrench to detach the trap (the curved pipe that connects the vertical and horizontal pipes)
- Empty water from the trap into the bucket
- If the clog is in the trap, clean it up then reattach it. Run hot water to see if the problem is solved.
- If the sink is still clogged, then it is time to use the auger.
- Detach the trap again, empty water in it into the bucket
- Remove the horizontal pipe that connects the trap to the stub pipe in the wall
- Push the end of the cable into the stub pipe until you feel a resistance
- Crank the handle with gentle pressure. Rotate the cable against the clog. You should feel the cable slowly break through the blockage until you can turn it freely.
- If twisting the cable is not getting any easier, pull the auger out of the pipe. The clog is likely attached to the end of the cable.
- Reattach the horizontal pipe and trap, run water down the drain to see if the problem is solved.
- If water drains slowly, use the plunger to clear remaining clogs.
These three methods on how to fix a clogged kitchen sink drain usually get rid of the occasional sink drain clog.
But if the problem is recurring, you need to get a plumber to check it for you as it could be a more serious plumbing issue.
Albert F A Matthews
A chief operator at BigFunction Property Maintenance and from leaving school have done nothing but house refurbishments of all varied designs and formats and covering home repairs.