Considering all the stuff we put down our kitchen sinks—food scraps, expired milk, leftovers-turned-science-experiments—having it all come back up because of a clogged drain is unpleasant, to say the least.
Although your first instinct in case of a clog may be to reach for the drain cleaner, we strongly recommend against doing so. Here’s why.
Check your garbage disposal.
If it’s jammed with food scraps, nothing’s going to make it down the drain. Learn how to repair your disposal here.
Try these easy/easier/easiest tips for clearing a clogged drain:
Easy: Clean the P-trap.
- Place a bucket under the trap, then remove it with a pipe wrench.
- Clean the trap and the trap arm.
Easier: Get Chemical
- Using a cup, bail out as much water from the clogged sink as possible.
- Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by 1 cup of vinegar.
- Stopper the sink and wait five minutes.
- Pour boiling water down the drain.
Easiest: Take the Plunge
- Have some towels handy in case things get soggy.
- Clamp your dishwasher drain hose, if you have one.
- If you have a double-bowl sink stuff a wet rag into the side that’s clear.
- Fill the clogged sink halfway with water.
- With the entire drain hole covered by the plunger and the handle completely vertical, vigorously pump up and down several times.
- On the last “up,” pop the plunger off the drain to help dislodge the clog.
- Repeat several times.
If none of these three simple methods do the trick, and you’re feeling ambitious:, you can try using a cable auger or “snake” to clear the clog.
Still Clogged? If you’ve tried all of these DIY methods of unclogging your kitchen sink without success, call in a professional.
Maplewood Plumbing and Sewer has been cleaning kitchen drains in St. Louis homes for more than 30 years. Our family owned business prides itself on our solid reputation in the community. Give us a call and see for yourself why our loyal customers won’t use anyone else!
We offer a one-year warranty on all parts and labor excluding washers
Give us a call at 314-645-6350 or fill out the contact form here to request a bid.