Professionals were my go-to anytime I needed something fixed or crafted in my home until I discovered DIY.
Trust me, when you begin your DIY journey, there is no going back. It’s addictive.
The feeling of pure satisfaction you get after completing a project all by yourself is unmatched.
Of course, not forgetting the tones of money and time you get to save.
Let’s face it, no matter where they are, drain clogs are frustrating.
So why wait for a professional when you can unclog it yourself?
Recently, my sink clogged. Trust me; it’s not what you are thinking.
Clogging your sink isn’t always a result of being untidy, lazy, or anything like that.
I, however, managed to unclog my sink in only a few hours, and I just had to write this blog to let you in on the secret to unblocking your sink.
So, how should you go about it? Here is how I did it!
Step 1: Remove any Debris.
The first thing to do is to get rid of any debris. Be sure to put on some rubber gloves before diving in.
Dip your hand in the water and try to get out as much waste and food particles that might be blocking the drain.
Sometimes your double kitchen sink might unblock with this simple step, especially the large chunks of food were the only cause of the blockage.
However, if the standing water doesn’t drain after clearing your sink, move on to the second step.
Step 2: Get Rid of the Standing Water
Since the water can’t drain by itself even after removing debris, it’s time to do it manually.
However, be sure to leave the sink for at least one hour to see if there’ll be any change before manual draining.
If the water is still there, use a jug, plastic cup, or any other vessel to get it out. Once clear, it’s time to unclog the drain.
Step 3: Plunge the Drain
Always make sure you have a plunger in your home. For this to work, one sink drain must remain covered as you plunge the other.
Place your plunger on the drain until the suction cup creates a vacuum.
Once that is done, move your handle up and down while paying attention to the sound produced by your drain.
If the pipes sound empty, you are good to go. Repeat the same step for the other sink.
Step 4: Disengage the P-Trap
So, what’s a P-Trap? This is the curved pipe beneath your sink. Probably this is where you’ll find all particles and debris causing the blockage.
Remove it, then thoroughly rinse it with water. I prefer hot water because probably there is some grease in there too and you don’t need that.
Ensure you place a container or bucket before removing the P-Trap to trap the dirty water or trash spilling from the pipe.
Step 5: Use a Drain Snake
Your sink might be blocked deep down in the drain. In this case, you’ll need a drain snake to get rid of the blockage.
Push it into your drain, then turn the handle.
Keep pushing until there is some resistance. Rotate the tip until it comes into contact with the blockage, then pull it out. Be sure to pour hot water once done.
This will clear out your clogged pipes within no time, and your sink will be ready to use.
That’s How To Unclog A Double Kitchen Sink With Standing Water
You can never go wrong with these steps.
Just remove any debris from your sink first, drain it manually and use a plunger, then remove the P-Trap and rinse it to get rid of any left particles.
If I could do it in these simple steps, you can do it too! If your sink is clogged, it’s time to unleash the DIY professional in you. Good luck!