A clogged kitchen sink quickly becomes a problem when dishes pile up and dinner isn't ready. Dealing with this is extremely frustrating when the proper tools for the job aren't available. The problem compounds as time goes on with backed-up water, dishes, and the need for the kitchen sink. Let's take a look at what to do when your kitchen sink doesn't want to drain.
What to Do When Your Kitchen Sink Doesn't Drain
1. Call a Plumber
Performing plumbing repairs yourself might be intimidating. You may want to contact a local plumber to assist with the clogged kitchen drain. An easy way to find good plumbers in your area is to simply perform a Google search. On your initial contact make sure you ask about costs upfront so you aren't surprised when the invoice arrives.
2. Use a Plunger
Before contacting a plumber you could tackle the clogged drain yourself. The first and easiest attempt to fix it would be a plunger. Cover the drain hole with the plunger and then work it up and down. This simple attempt will create a suction that will break the clog loose. If that doesn't work, you may need to remove the pipe below the sink.
3. Remove the Pipe and Clean it
Unfasten the pipe from below the sink and remove it after placing a bucket below to catch any water that comes out. Use a wire hanger to work through the piping and make sure there are no obstructions. If you can't find a blockage in U-pipe below the sink and it doesn't fix the problem then your stoppage is most likely in the pipes in the wall or below the house, in which case the use of an auger (also called a “drain snake”) would be needed. You can either buy one yourself or hire a plumber to bring one to your home. However, if you do buy one yourself it would be much easier to go with an electric one instead of struggling with a manually actuated auger.
4. Get a Garbage Disposal to Avoid Future Problems
In closing, the best way to avoid problems like this in the first place is to install reliable garbage disposal below the sink. That way you can break through any large food items or other pieces of junk by grinding it up before it goes down the pipe, thereby greatly reducing the chances of a clogged sink.