Unclogging a Kitchen Sink Drain: What’s Involved


A kitchen sink can clog due to different reasons. If you allow solid particles in the sink to go down the drain, they can end up collecting in the sink trap leading to it’s clogging. The solid particles may be collecting in the sink trap over a long period of time, but after they reach a level where they will block the u-trap pipe of the kitchen sink completely, then you will face risk of your kitchen flooding.

Signs of a clogged kitchen sink

The kitchen sink will start retaining water. After you notice this, then you should suspect there is a blockage in the kitchen main drain. At first the water may drain very slowly, then it will begin to be retained for some time then it drains out slowly. But, after the kitchen sink is clogged completely, the water will fail to move down the pipe and filing your kitchen sink and finally spilling in the kitchen.

What’s involved in unclogging the skin?

You can begin by trying to remove the clog with a plunger or drain auger. This works best if the drain is not completed clogged and the water eventually drains out. If this does not work you will need to go to a more drastic means. You may want to hire a plumber at this point if you don’t feel comfortable taking apart your drain.

After you contact a plumber to unclog your kitchen sink, the plumber will follow the following steps in unclogging the kitchen sink:

  • The plumber place a bucket under the sink to collect the water that has been trapped in the pipe
  • In order to place the auger further into the drain that was done earlier, the plumber will detach the u-trap pipe. This will allow any water to drain into the bucket.
  • Now he can insert the cable auger into the horizontal pipe from the sink leading to the main drain.
  • After inserting the auger cable the plumber will push the cable till it experiences some resistance. The resistance will be the clogging material in the line. In order to remove the materials the plumber will crank the auger cable until the materials are removed.
  • Retract the cable from the pipe and pour water to see if it flows well. If this has opened the drain he will reconnect the u-pipes and wash out the sink.
  • If the clog is too deep for this to work your plumber may use a drain camera to see exactly where the clog is. Then he can determine what steps will need to be taken, depending on what is the cause of the clog and where it is located.

To avoid this problem in the future you should never allow solid particles and grease to get into the drain. You should also begin to clean out your drain as soon as you notice it becoming slow. This will prevent major problems and the cost of hiring a plumber.