Clogged Sink Drain

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Clogged Sink Drain

GM Plumbing can unclog drains in any area of your home, including sinks, showers, and toilets.

Causes of a Clogged Sink Drain

A clogged sink can range from a minor inconvenience to a major hassle. If dirty water is filling up your sink and failing to drain, don’t panic. There are many methods you can try to clear the blockage on your own, and if all else fails, a professional plumber can solve your problem.

Though bathroom sinks can become clogged with hair and soap scum, most sink problems in the home begin in the kitchen. Kitchen sinks can easily become clogged if you overload them with certain types of food that don’t break down easily. These include:

If you are disposing of excess food items that fall into these groups, use the trash instead. Bacon grease and coffee grounds are particularly bad for your sink drain lines. If they settle and cool, they solidify, which completely stops the flow of water.

Methods for Unclogging a Sink

It is possible to troubleshoot the problem of a clogged sink on your own, though you shouldn’t feel like you have to do everything yourself. Plumbers are trained for this kind of work, and highly experienced. Any of the following steps can be undertaken on your own, DIY-style, or by a professional.

First, check to see if the garbage disposal is clogged. Which side of the sink is failing to drain? If it’s the side with the garbage disposal, then the problem may lie there. If both sides of the sink do not drain, then the problem is probably deeper in your line.

A number of items can get stuck in garbage disposals, including bits of food and even metal utensils such as spoons that have accidentally slipped inside. If your disposal is jammed, then the first step is to turn it off immediately and unplug it. Then it may be possible to carefully reach inside with a tool (never use your bare hands) and remove the clog. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, your plumber can help.

If this does not remedy the clog, try these other steps:

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