When the kitchen sink gets clogged, many homeowners reach for the chemical drain cleaner. At Terry’s Plumbing, we encourage our customers to use non-chemical methods of clearing their clogs. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the best methods for unclogging your kitchen sink.
If your sink is completely clogged, the sink itself might be filled with water. This makes it hard to see the drain to unclog it. To solve this problem, use a a wet dry vacuum to suck the water from the basin. If you have no vacuum that can suck water from the basin, use a sponge to suck as much water as possible from the sink. Removing the water from the sink makes it easier to do your task.
There are many different methods that you can use to unclog your kitchen sink. The best method to use will depend on the severity of the clog and the products you have on hand to fix the problem.
You can also learn about using an auger in this online tutorial. If you’re not able to reach the clog by entering through the basket strainer, then you’ll need to unscrew the P trap and waste arm underneath the sink. Put a bucket under the drain to catch any waste water caught in the pipe. Once the P trap and waste arm has been removed, insert the auger directly into the waste line that leads down to the sewer.
If none of these methods work, then it’s time to contact a plumber. It could be that your sewer is the problem, or the clog could simply be farther down than your tools can reach. We recommend staying away from chemical drain cleaner, because chemical drain cleaner is bad for the environment, bad for pipes and is incapable of solving the problem in a long-term way. As your plumber serving Pittsburgh and the surrounding area, the professionals at Terry’s Plumbing can find the source of your clog and help you solve the problem for good. To make an appointment, contact us today at (412) 364-9114. We answer our phone 24 hours per day, 7 days per week!