How To Fix A Clog In Your Kitchen Sink

Your kitchen sink sees a lot of action because it’s the hub of your home. If you have a clogged kitchen sink, it can mean a real disruption to your everyday life.

Gotelli Plumbing has a few steps you can take to unclog your sink and get back on track in no time.

Why Is My Sink Not Draining?

If your sink backs up or drains slower than usual, you may have a problem down the line with your drain or garbage disposal. Though you may want to avoid dealing with a clogged sink, it’s better to address the problem quickly to avoid any plumbing surprises.

Kitchen Sink Clogs

The primary cause of a backed-up drain is a blockage or clog stopping the flow of water. Clogs are usually caused by residue buildup in your drain. Some materials that build up include soap, grease, hair and food residue. With all the things we put down our kitchen sinks, it’s no wonder these materials get caught and cause problems.

There are some things you can try on your own to unclog a sink – most blockages can be resolved by homeowners. Before reaching out for professional help, try:

  • Pouring hot water down the drain.
  • Pouring baking soda down the drain and following with vinegar.
  • Making vinegar ice cubes to cut through grease.
  • Using dish detergent and hot water in the drain.

Avoid chemical drain cleaners as they can cause pipe damage and lead to more costly issues. If these options don’t work, consider contacting a professional plumber from our team. Our high-quality tools and expertise are sure to benefit you and make quick work of your stubborn clog.

Garbage Disposal Clogs

Another reason your sink is draining slowly could be from a clogged-up garbage disposal. A properly functioning disposal has no problem grinding up and sending food on its way. However, when lots of hard, stringy or starchy food items are sent down the disposal, clogs can easily happen.

The most common clog causes include:

  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Potato peels
  • Banana peels

These food items – particularly combined with less water flushing – are recipes for disaster down in the drain trap. The drain trap is the U-shaped pipe you can see under most sinks. When the drain trap is coated with too much food residue and not enough water rinsing, it becomes clogged.

You can clean the drain trap with these steps:

  • Remove the drain trap using pliers. (Place a bucket to capture the water and food waste that will come out of the trap when removed.)
  • Clean the trap out with a small scrub brush.
  • Check the trap arm and branch drain for necessary cleaning. They are the other pipes that connect to the drain trap.
  • Reassemble the drain making sure the connections are tightened.
  • Flush the drain to check for functionality and leaks.

If cleaning the drain trap yourself does not work, contact a plumber to assist you. They will be happy to help you clear your pipes and get your sink back in working order.

When Should I Call A Plumber To Unclog My Sink?

Turn to our team if none of the listed options unclogs your sink or if you feel uncomfortable performing the advised cleaning. We will be happy to help you clear your sink and get your kitchen back to normal. Gotelli Plumbing is the best San Rafael kitchen plumbing service for your needs. Contact us today!

Petaluma, CA
110 Howard Street Suite B
Petaluma, CA 94952-2922
San Rafael, CA
21 Lovell Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901