How To Unclog A Kitchen Sink With Standing Water – Most Common Mistakes


Don’t you just hate it when your kitchen sink is clogged, the water can’t flow, and it creates an unpleasant look in the kitchen? It is never an amusing experience. But hey, just because your sink is clogged doesn’t necessarily mean that you are lazy, untidy, or anything like that. Actually, your kitchen sink will eventually get clogged even if you keep the kitchen clean and tidy all the time. So, today you will explore how to unclog a kitchen sink with standing water! But, why does my sink gets clogged? What causes that?

Causes of Clogged Kitchen Sink

Too many times, feeding the kitchen scraps down the garbage disposal can lead to a clogged sink. Yes, you can avoid flushing down the kitchen scraps down the garbage disposal, but the sink can still get clogged. That being said, what really are the major causes of sink clogging? Let’s look at a few, shall we?

  • Grease - One of the major culprits behind clogged sinks is grease. And no, it is not the same grease you use on your car and other machinery. Rather, kitchen grease is that cooking oil that you use, which will transform from the regular liquid form to a hard solid when it cools in the drain lines.
  • Liquid drain cleaners - Some drain cleaners sold at the store might not work, and they can clog your drain.
  • Leftovers - Leftovers tend to form a paste when they get in contact with water. Food like rice, pasta, beans, and potatoes will very much accumulate in the drain and clog your sink.
  • Eggshells and coffee grounds - These two will lead to clogged pipes when they mix with water.
  • Eggshells and coffee grounds - These two will lead to clogged pipes when they mix with water.
  • Soap - The regular soap bars are usually made of animal fat and grease, and if they get inside the drain, they will form a hard residue and settle there. In the long run, your sink will be clogged.

So, these are the major causes of a clogged sink(want to know more?). Even though we said that your sink is more likely to get clogged over time, sometimes you can try to avoid that. Ideally, throw away the leftovers, beans, coffee grounds, and even kitchen grease in the trash.


How To Unclog A Kitchen Sink With Standing Water

Okay, so your kitchen sink is already clogged with standing water and the only thing you want is to unclog that drain for water to get flowing. That is why we are here today, to help you find the perfect way to unclog your sink. So, how do you go about it? 

Step 1: Get rid of the Debris

Obviously, the first thing you need to do is clear all the debris. Just dip your hand inside the water and try getting rid of the food particles or debris that might be covering the drain. Ideally, wear rubber gloves as you do this. If the water doesn’t drain by itself after clearing the drain, move on to the next step.

Step 2: Remove the Standing Water

If the water is still not draining after getting rid of the debris, you will need to do it manually. However, you’ll need to give it time, like one hour or so. If it is still there, use a plastic cup, jug, or any relevant vessel to scoop out the water. After the sink is clear, you can now attempt to unclog the drain.

Step 3: Plunge the Drain

Now that there is no water in the sink, it’s time to utilize that plunger. You must be having it at home. Place it over the drain for the suction cup to create a vacuum. After that, simply push the handle up and down. The more you push in and out, the more the blockage will move towards the plunger. Pay attention to the sound that the drain gives. If you hear like the pipes sound empty, chances might be that the drain is now clear. But you’ll need some patience here because it can take some time before the plunger eliminates the blockage from the drain.

Step 4: Remove the P-Trap

A P-Trap! What is that? No, don’t panic, this is the curved part of the pipe that is usually beneath the sink. It is a common harbor for food particles and other debris. Remove it and rinse the pipe thoroughly. Here, you will need some knowledge about the channel-type pliers and how to use them. Also, ensure that you place a bucket under the P-Trap to trap the spilling trash and water.

Step 5: Make Use of a Drain Snake

It could be that the blockage is located down the drain. Here, you will need a special unclogging tool called a drain snake. Insert the end into the drain and turn the handle. This will then push the auger down the pipe. Keep pushing until you notice resistance. After that, rotate the drain snake against the blockage for the tip to get in contact with the clog. You can then pull out the snake and pour hot water. This will then clear the pipe and be ready to use again. Out of all the tools for unclogging the sink, the drain snake is the most efficient, and it is normally used by professionals.

How To Unclog A Double Kitchen Sink With Standing Water

Some people would wonder how they can unclog their double kitchen sink with standing water. Do you want to know a secret?

There is nothing too complicated about this. Actually, it is just like it is to unclog your single kitchen sink. A double kitchen sink only has different sinks, but the same P-Trap and drain pipe. But there is one thing you should get right when unclogging a double sink with standing water. If there’s standing water in both sinks, just follow the steps we just explored. However, when plunging, ensure that you plug or cover one of the sinks drain while plunging the other. Do the same for both sinks then proceed to the P-Trap.

By the way, you should know that there is a special type of sink plunger, which is different from the toilet plunger. Using it in a clogged kitchen sink can give you incredible results. Above all, always throw the food remains and other debris in the trash to prevent the sink from clogging in the future. You can also use a drain insert to trap the debris that accidentally slip down the drain. You can also talk to a professional if the condition seems too complicated.

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