If your kitchen sink is clogged, don’t worry – you can unclog it using a garbage disposal. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps needed to clear the clog. Keep in mind that these instructions may vary depending on your particular situation, so be sure to consult with a professional if you’re not comfortable completing the task yourself.
Why Is My Garbage Disposal Backing Up Into My Sink?
With the help of plenty of water, garbage disposals grind up food waste and dispose of it down the branch drain pipe. You may have problems with your garbage disposal backing up into another sink if you have a double sink. Is there a reason for this?
In some instances, clogs in the drain pipe cause a garbage disposal to back up into the sink. A clog prevents the water from flowing freely, so it takes the least resistant path and ends up in the other sink. When the problem persists, it may also be a sign of faulty plumbing.
Additionally, the sewage smell that comes from the sink can sometimes make the situation even worse.
What Are the Ways to Unclog the Kitchen Sink?
A Plumbing Snake or Drain Snake Will Come in Handy
An auger (which is also known as a plumbing snake) is another useful tool to help dislodge stubborn clogs. Due to their flexibility, plumbing snakes can follow along with angles of piping without causing damage to the pipes.
In order to use your plumbing snake, you must unplug the p-trap under your sink. A small bucket should be placed underneath your cabinet so you don’t have to deal with backed up water.
Try to locate the obstruction in the pipe by taking a look inside. If you cannot see it, then it is further down the pipe and a plumbing snake is now needed.
Once you feel resistance from the clog, push the plumbing snake into your pipe. The plumbing snake must be inserted into the T-fitting at the intersection and not the other way around.
You can tighten the screw on the front end of the snake once you believe you have reached the clog. Next, you’ll crank the cable forward while turning the crank clockwise. Your clogged drain should clear itself once this is done.
Make Use of a Wire Coat Hanger
It is possible to substitute a wire coat hanger for a plumbing snake if you do not have one. While it will not go as deep into the drains as a plumbing snake, it can be incredibly helpful in a pinch.
It is best to use the coat hanger similarly to how you would use a plumbing snake. It’s important to be gentle when moving the pipes so as not to damage them. If a clog persists even after using a coat hanger, you can run hot water after each attempt to help unclog it.
You Can Use Boiling Water
Pay attention to this warning before we get started. If you have PVC pipes in your kitchen, you should not use this method. The use of boiling water on PVC pipes can cause softening, warping, and damage.
The first step to unclogging your kitchen sink drain using boiling water is to remove any standing water. Flow the boiled water into the drain in a steady, consistent stream once it has been poured into the large pot.
Your sink drain may be cleared immediately with this method. Wait for the water to cool before trying it again if it seems to be moving but still clogged. Before moving on to the next tactic you can try this method three times.
Make use of a plunger
If you plan on using a plunger to remove a clog, you ought to get rid of as much water as possible from your sink basin. You should leave an inch of water, as this will aid in suction.
Plungers with a single flat rim are ideal. Using the plunger, swiftly move it up and down until you have a water-tight seal around the blocked drain. The clog may have to be removed several times before it is completely removed.
If your sink has two basins, you’ll want to cover the other side’s drain. As a result, water does not flow out of this other side, and suction is improved.
Baking Soda and Vinegar Can Be Effective
This is a great method to use if you’re wary of using harsh chemicals to unclog your sink.
Using this method is a great alternative to harsh chemicals if you are wary of them. If there is any standing water in the sink, you will want to remove it. Pour one cup of baking soda into the drain to unclog it. Then pour either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar down the drain.
Use a sink-hole cover or a stopper to cover the drain for about 15 minutes.
Remove the sinkhole cover after 15 minutes, and run hot water down the drain.
Wet Vac Is a Good Option
The wet vac works well if the plunger isn’t strong enough. The wet setting on your wet-dry vac should be set to wet.
By combining a wet towel with a vacuum hose, a tight seal can be created around the clogged drain. By switching your vacuum’s setting to the high setting, you’ll be able to remove any stuck-in debris.
Do a Garbage Disposal Check
There is a possibility that the issue is caused by a garbage disposal. The sink, dishwasher, and garbage disposal are all connected.
Your kitchen’s plumbing system may have become clogged with debris or food particles. Try running your garbage disposal before you try any other method to clear clogged drains. This may immediately resolve the problem.
How To Unclog A Kitchen Sink With A Garbage Disposal
Every day, you probably flush a wide variety of objects down your kitchen garbage disposal. You can usually flush food scraps without incident when they are very small in quantity. However, if you send more than that, you may run into trouble.
Clogs are often resolved by grabbing a chemical drain cleaner from the big box store and using it to clear them out. Using chemical drain cleaners can cause your pipes to corrode. Additionally, the chemicals in a garbage disposal can irreparably damage the plastic parts and metal blades inside the unit.
If you plan on using a chemical cleaner, think twice and use this instead.
The first step is to unplug the garbage disposal. If the garbage disposal is plugged in, you cannot work on it.
Make a natural cleaner by mixing 14% baking soda with 12% vinegar. Then, rinse it out by soaking it in hot water from the faucet for a few minutes. To clear the clogged garbage disposal, run water for a few minutes. Do this several times.
After a few times using this method, try peering into the garbage disposal unit using a flashlight if the clog remains. It is common to find foreign objects in drains, such as bones, coffee grounds and utensils. If you can’t reach the item with tongs or pliers, you may need to use a needle nose pliers to clear the garbage disposal clog.
Start the garbage disposal by plugging it back in, running water, and turning it on. A plunger can be used to loosen the clog if you still have a problem. To prevent the hose from popping off the disposal nozzle as you plunge your sink drain, clamp the end of the dishwasher drain line where it enters the garbage disposal drain.
Place the plunger directly over the sink drain, so the plunger completely covers the drain. Add water to the sink, so the lip of the plunger is covered in water. Then vigorously plunge the drain for a minute.
Check the water flow by lifting the plunger. In the event the clog persists, you can try repeating the process several times. To remove residue that has built up if the clog has dissipated, run hot water for a few minutes.
If you’re experiencing a kitchen sink clog, don’t despair. There is likely a quick solution that will work for you by using your garbage disposal unit. Just be sure to avoid putting certain items down your drain and to call us if the problem persists. We can help unclog your sink in no time.