How To Fix A Clogged Kitchen Sink
When your kitchen sink is clogged, it’s a frustrating experience. The water is filthy, you cannot use the sink, and your family is complaining. A clogged sink also affects your dishwasher and garbage disposal. When you are stuck on how to solve the problem, eliminating the clog is the most obvious solution.
The typical kitchen sink clog is usually easy to remedy. Clogs are most likely to occur within the trap. Sometimes, the clog will be located in a short part of the pipe that is connected to the drain. In most cases, a drain snake will eliminate the problem.
Before tackling your clogged kitchen sink, check out the information below. Read the evaluation section and then proceed with the following steps if you feel up to the challenge.
Information On Fixing A Stopped Up Kitchen Sink
What Are The Savings Of Fixing It Yourself?
Since a clogged kitchen sink is an easy task, the savings are considerable. The typical plumbing or drain cleaning company will have a flat rate to remove clogs. This means, even if it’s a simple problem, you will not receive a discount. The company will likely charge from $75 to $125, if the process is not difficult. Your plumbing service professional will usually have a set time to complete the repair. Once the allotted time runs out, the meter begins to run.
How Difficult Can It Be?
Using a plunger to unclog the sink is easy. However, using a drain snake is a little more complicated.
This repair has a Difficulty Rating of: A Small Amount of Work
This repair requires the Skill of: A Handyman
Check the Simple Parts First!
A plunger is simple to use. However, plungers are not very effective on kitchen sinks. The use of drain cleaners are not ideal. The chemicals are nasty and potentially hazardous, they are harmful to the environment, and they are not very effective.
Is There Anything That Can Go Wrong?
A major problem when using a drain snake on a clogged kitchen sink is you need to remove the trap first. There is no way to determine if you have fixed the problem and you cannot run water into the drain as you are using the snake. It is quite possible you will put the drain back together, only to find out the clog is still there. If you do not put the drain back together correctly, it will be unusable. The job is messy, so you will need to cover and move items to avoid getting things dirty.
The Steps Involved When Fixing A Clogged Sink
There are three levels of difficulty when fixing the kitchen sink. First, you might be able to eliminate the clog with a plunger. This is further discussed in Step 1. Next, you might have an entrenched clog stuck in the trap. A plunger will not remove this clog, but it is not difficult to access. For this situation, go to Step 2. Finally, you could have a clog in the drain line. This is located in “no man’s land,” somewhere under the floor or inside the wall. It is difficult to access. For the next course of action in this situation, go to Step 3.
Before starting to remedy the clog, you need to ensure you do not have a serious problem. Determine if the kitchen sink is the only fixture affected. Does the water come up in other areas of your home when you run water in the kitchen sink? Is the water coming up in a basement drain? If you have answered “yes” to any of these situations, then there is a much bigger problem. You have a main line clog. If you answered “no” to all, you are all set. You only have a clogged sink.
• Step 1- A plunger is the most popular tactic people try. It often works poorly for kitchen sinks. It’s worth a try and it sometimes works.
• Step 2- In most situations, the clog is found in the trap. If it’s not in the trap, it’s beyond the line. In either case, you have to remove the trap.
• Step 3- If you did not find the clog inside the trap, you will have to use a snake.