Having a kitchen sink clog is no fun. It can back-up your sink, overflow onto your cabinets and floors, and it can really be smelly. If you experience a kitchen sink clog there are a couple of things you can do to try and fix the problem.
Tools You Might Need to Fix a Clog
There are a few tools you will need to help you with kitchen sink clogs. These include:
- A snake or hand auger
- A plunger
- Allen wrench
- A bucket
- Rubber gloves
Check the Disposal First
If the clog is on the side of the sink where your garbage disposal is, this is the place to start. If you turn your disposal on only to hear a loud hum there is a good chance that your disposal is clogged or jammed.
If this is the case you can try to manually fix the jam by using the Allen wrench to turn the blades. Look at the bottom of your disposal, you should be able to locate a small hole, place the Allen wrench in the hole and turn slowly.
If you can turn the blades, but the system still won’t turn on, give it a minute, then flip the reset switch on your garbage disposal.
If either of these solutions work you can try clearing or forcing the blockage with a plunger. You can also contact a plumbing expert to come and check out your garbage disposal to prevent any further damage.
Use a Plunger
There are a few things to remember before you start putting a little muscle into your plunger. If you have a dishwasher, you will want to clamp the drain hose, this will prevent water damage within your cabinets. You also need to create a good seal for the sink you are working on. So, be sure to seal up the other side using a plug or a wet rag. Place the plunger over the sink hole, making sure it has a good seal.
Now you are ready to use your plunger. Be sure to roll the head of the plunger into the water so you are not forcing unnecessary air into the drain. You may need to use the plunger several times. If nothing is happening, there may be a larger blockage.
Use a Snake
A snake can help you push through tough clogs. You will want to slowly run the snake through your drain line until you can find the blockage. You will then want to extend and pull the line back in a few times until you feel the tension on the line relaxes or disappears. Bring the snake back out and clean off any gunk. Once you feel you have the line cleared, run hot water for 2-3 minutes.
If you have tried to clear your own drain using the tools above, but have had no success, it may be time to call a qualified plumber for a repair. Clogs that are left or not fixed properly could lead to major damage throughout your home.
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