How To Fix A Gurgling Kitchen Sink (Step by Step Guide)

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Life itself comes with many stresses and things you can’t control from time to time, however, some situations can be solved by simple do-it-yourself methods and those are my favorite.

DIYs are very helpful to me since they distract me from daily stresses while also engaging my mind and teaching me a thing or two about the subject matter that I am handling.

I am also a sucker for the empowering feeling that comes with creating something of your own from scratch.

So, one time I come home from my daily errands, and as the water was running, I hear a gurgling sound that really irritated me and I immediately noticed something was wrong.

However, being the DIY guru that I believe I am, this did not pose much of a threat.

I immediately got to research the cause and how to fix a gurgling sink and here is what I learned that could also help you solve the same problems if it happens to you.

What is the cause of the gurgling in your sink?

Before knowing how to fix the problem it is important to know its cause to prevent or avoid experiencing the same problem in the future. Some of the causes of the gurgling may be:

• A blocked pipe or an unvented drain
Damaged pipes
• Dirty or clogged pipes

The step-by-step guide to unblocking your gurgling sink

Step one: gather your tools

I am one hundred percent sure that you are no visitor to this DIY scene. You, therefore, have some tools set aside for your projects.

Since most tools are universal for different projects, this one is no different.

Some of the tools you will require for this project are, gloves, bucket, pliers, wrench, plumbing snake, and a wire pipe cleaner.

Step two: remove the p-trap

Put on the gloves to protect your hands. Place the bucket underneath the p-trap to catch the water and prevent it from pouring all over.

Unscrew the coupling nuts that hold the p-trap together, therefore, enabling its release. If the nuts on it are too tight, you can use the wrench or pliers to make your work easier.

Step three: clean the p-trap

Once the p-trap is out you can check to see what was causing the blockage.

Common causes are food, hair, or other solid debris. Remove all the visible debris that may be causing the blockage.

If you are unable to notice anything, try using the wire brush to reach inside the p-trap for more thorough cleaning.

Some of the things that you have to use a wire brush to clean are dirt or slime build-up or mold that may have overgrown the p-trap.

Step four: snaking the drain

The drainpipe that goes into the wall also needs cleaning. For this, we use the plumbing snake.

The cause of the blockage may be in that pipe. So, run the snake as deep as possible into the pipe and work it in and out several times until you are satisfied that you have gotten rid of any debris that could be there.

Step five: reassemble the p-trap

After you are done with the cleaning process of both the pipe and the p-trap, return the p-trap and tighten the nuts as it was before you took it apart.

That’s How To Fix A Gurgling Sink

Fixing a gurgling sink is a simple DIY project you just need to check for the problem, remove the p-trap, clean it, clean the pipe, and put back the p-trap.

However, while returning the p-trap always remember the long end goes into the sink drain.

I wish you the best of luck and success as you undertake this DIY project.