How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink

A clogged kitchen sink drain is not anyone’s idea of fun. Whether it’s a slow drain situation or a fully clogged backup, at some point, you or someone you know will find themselves in the unfortunate situation of contending with a clogged kitchen sink drain that's too tough for drain cleaner. Things can get even more complicated if the source of the kitchen clog is an important item that was accidentally lodged in the drain that you hope to get back.

Before calling your local plumber, make sure you tried at least one of the following options:

How to Clear a Slow Draining Kitchen Sink Clog

Chemical drain cleaners can be expensive and aren't always good for you or the environment. You can use vinegar and baking soda for an environmentally-friendly solution. Follow these steps:

  • Remove kitchen sink stopper or drain cover
  • Pour ½ cup of baking soda in the drain.
  • Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into the drain.
  • Wait 10 minutes and then chase it with boiling water.
  • Consider flushing the cleared drain with PipeShield or another pipe cleaner to protect the line from future clogs.

Often, the ensuing chemical reaction from your at-home solution is enough to dissolve the slow drain and repair your clogged drain.

Directions for Plunging a Clogged Kitchen Sink

This method is best for standing water clogs. Always remember to use a kitchen plunger rather than a bathroom plunger to avoid the spread of germs. Follow the steps below:

If you have a double sink, plug up the sink drain on the opposite side of the sink with a wet rag to aid in delivering pressure directly to the clog.

Fill the clogged side of the sink with a small amount of water for the plunger.

Begin plunging away (remember it's all about the up motion, not pushing down). Hopefully, any food or paper products locked in the pipes will budge when you do this.

If plunging won't fix the problem, you have a few additional options available to you for resolving a clogged kitchen sink:

Fix the Clogged Drain With a Wire Coat Hanger

Turn a wire coat hanger into an impromptu pipe cleaner:

Bend a small hook onto the end using pliers

Insert the coat hanger and wiggle it up and down to try to dislodge any food that may be caught in the pipe.

This may succeed where the plunger failed. (Caution: Do not stick equipment or appendages into garbage disposal without first cutting the fuse.)

Use a Drain Cleaner Tool

These are made of plastic material which makes them more flexible to bend into different shapes and insert into small strainers or pipes for cleaning. Simply apply the tool into strainers or pipes where there is clogging up and move to and fro several times to hook dirt and hair out from it. It is a flexible and firm remove tool that can efficiently catch hair, food, and other blockages, Ideal for shower drain, kitchen drain, and other places where most clogs occurred. This cleaning tool is more environmental and less expensive than toxic chemical drain cleaners. And you will no longer require expensive plumber service.

Use a Wet Vacuum or “Shop Vac”

Wet and dry vacuums are powerful appliances with a lot of suction.

  1. Set a wet vacuum to "liquids" and cover the vent.

  2. Remember to create a very tight seal around the drain and cover the overflow tube with a finger or rag.

The power of a wet vacuum can often be enough to draw the clogged material up and unclog the drain. Check the bag for hair and grease in order to identify the source of the clog. A wet vacuum can also work well when trying to recover jewelry from a drain, as seen here.

Call In a Professional Plumber

When you've exhausted all remediation efforts to fix your clogged drain, you know it's time to call a licensed plumber. Don't hesitate to contact JCN Plumbing.

Call today.- (305) 770-6860