Kitchen Sink Backed Up? Know What To Do When It Gets Clogged

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Kitchen Sink Backed Up? Know What To Do When It Gets Clogged

Homeowners often overlook the importance of their kitchen sink until it becomes clogged and the dishes start to pile up.

When your kitchen sink fails to drain, you are left with standing water that will begin to smell if the problem is not addressed quickly. In addition, most other kitchen activities grind to a halt. For the lucky few, a clogged sink can be a simple fix; however, a serious blockage might require the services of a licensed plumber.

Learn what you can do yourself to restore drainage to your sink and when it might be time to call in a professional.

About Clogged Kitchen Drains

The obvious reason a kitchen sink becomes clogged is a blockage somewhere in the drain line. Grease, food particles and other kitchen debris can lead to clogged sink.

The blockage could lie anywhere between the sink basket and the main sewer line. Finding the source of the blockage is paramount to restoring drainage to the sink and sometimes can prove to be the most difficult task.

Minor Blockages

Traditional home remedies to restore a kitchen sink drain are to attack it vigorously with a rubber plunger or add some type of drain cleaner. A plunger sometimes works for minor blockages but usually has no affect on a major one. Liquid or crystal drain cleaner rarely gets the job done and can be harmful to your plumbing system, especially those homeowners using a septic tank system.

Often, a minor blockage occurs in the P-trap assembly located under the sink. Because the P-trap assembly contains a sharp curve, food particles, grease and other debris can sometimes become trapped in or settle to the bottom of the pipe. Over time, as the blockage grows, it slows down the water flow traveling through the pipe until it eventually becomes clogged. Removing the P-trap and flushing out the debris is sometimes all it takes to restore water flow.

Major Blockages

A major kitchen sink blockage is not so easy to fix. Often, removing the blockage and restoring water flow requires using a manual or powered plumbing snake. Without a moderate skill set in plumbing repair, most homeowners are better off leaving this task to a professional plumber. The job can be extremely messy and damage to the pipes is possible if you do not know what you are doing.

For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.

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