What to Do If You Have a Clogged Kitchen Sink

Do you have a clogged kitchen sink? How annoying, right?

What are some things you can do to try and unclog your kitchen sink?

First, do what you can to remove dirty dishes and standing water from your sink so that you don’t have things in the way. You can scoop out water using a cup, transferring it to your bathroom sink or toilet as needed, or tossing it outside on the lawn if it’s not too gross.

For most people, boiling water is the first thing to try; Remove whatever water’s stuck in the sink, and replace it with the boiling water. Oftentimes, the extremely hot boiling water cuts through whatever is clogging the drain and allows the sink to drain as it normally would…

Clogged Kitchen SinkIf boiling water doesn’t work, you should check your garbage disposal. Run it to see if it clears the clog.

Another “trick” to unclog the kitchen sink drain involves salt. If you have about half a cup of table salt, try pouring that down your drain followed by boiling water. Salt can sometimes cut through the clog. If you don’t have salt on hand, try pouring a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of white or apple cider vinegar. Or, to be creative, try combining a cup of baking soda and half a cup of salt. Sooner or later one of these concoctions should work.

Other ways to unclog a drain include using a plunger, an auger (aka a “plumber’s snake”), or even a wire coat hanger. You’d be surprised what’s clogging the sink– it’s usually a combo of dirt, skin flakes, hair and soap scum.

Should you not have success on your own, and/or not want to “mess with it” because you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing and don’t want to make it worse, consider calling Brutinel Plumbing at 520-836-5802. Brutinel has been unclogging area drains since 1949, when Bob Brutinel started the company. Homes and businesses all around Casa Grande and Pinal County have utilized Brutinel’s plumbing services over the years– and many drains have been successfully unclogged.