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The Problem of a Clogged Kitchen Sink

Kitchen sinks are used for a number of different reasons: clean dishes, wash our hands, fill pots, and more! If your kitchen sink is clogged and filled with dirty water, you’re unable to do any of these important actions. A clogged kitchen sink causes your cooking process to be slowed and a significantly less enjoyable experience. Not to mention, a clogged kitchen sink can lead to other problems within your plumbing system. You should have a professional inspect and solve your kitchen sink problem for these reasons.


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Why is Your Kitchen Sink Clogged?

The kitchen sink sees a variety of substances: solids, liquids, and even sludges. The cause of the clog is likely caused by what you’ve put down the drain. Many of us have garbage disposals paired with our sinks, which grind up food and safely send it down the drain. That isn’t always the case. Certain foods should never go down the drain. Those without garbage disposals shouldn’t send any food down the drain as there is no way of making it safe for your plumbing.

There are several types of foods you should never put down your drain. These include the following:

  • Eggshells
  • Coffee beans/grounds
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Cooking oils or fats
  • Potato/onion skins
  • Flour
  • Nuts
  • Fruit pits/peels
  • Raw meat
  • Fibrous vegetables


The Link Between Garbage Disposal and Dishwasher

The kitchen sink drain may not be a problem for those with garbage disposals. Instead, the problem may sit with your garbage disposal and dishwasher. These two appliances are connected in that the dishwasher drains through the garbage disposal. If there is excess food waste in the garbage disposal, the dishwasher water may not be able to drain properly, allowing a clog to form.

When your garbage disposal is the problem, it typically only needs a good cleaning. However, other issues may be at play. In that case, you may need professional garbage disposal repairs or unclogging services. Regardless of what you may need, our team is able to provide it whenever the problem arises. Give us a call for 24-hour plumbing repairs and services.


Can You Unclog the Kitchen Sink Yourself?

A common method to unclog kitchen sinks is to use a plunger. Yes, plungers are used for more than just the toilet. In fact, they are extremely effective in removing clogs from sinks. If your plunger isn’t working on your kitchen sink, then you could consider taking apart the plumbing underneath your sink. Be sure to have all the right supplies. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, contact ASAP Plumbing Experts. We know what it takes to remove the plumbing, remove clogs, and put it all back.

Our team will start by using a drain snake on your kitchen sink. This is an effective method of getting rid of clogs. When the drain snake doesn’t work, we will inspect the plumbing with either a camera or take it apart underneath the sink. This helps us understand what is causing the clog and what are the next best steps. We customize every solution to your situation for fast service. To get your clogged kitchen sink fixed, give us a call right away. We’re available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week!


How do I fix a clogged kitchen sink?

One of the best go-to methods of unclogging a kitchen sink is with a plunger. Plungers are good against clogs in other drains than just the toilet. If the plunger doesn’t work, you could try a drain snake. When the drain snake doesn’t work, it’s time to contact an expert. 

What clogs kitchen sinks?

The most common cause of a clogged kitchen sink is food debris. There are a number of foods that should never go down your drain: eggshells, pasta, rice, cooking oils and fats, raw meat, etc. We’ve listed a long list of these foods further up on the page. In addition to these foods, you should prevent putting any foreign objects down the drain. This will greatly reduce the risk of a clogged kitchen sink.

Why does my kitchen sink keep getting clogged?

A common sign of a sewer backup problem is consistent clogs in your home. If your kitchen sink is not the only persistent clog in your home, it likely means there is a problem with your sewer line. On the other hand, it could be due to what you’re putting down the drain. Be mindful of what you put down your kitchen sink to prevent clogs. Oils and fats are a common cause of clogged kitchen sinks.

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