Clearing Your Kitchen Double Sink with a Garbage Disposal

Creekside Plumbing master plumber helps unclog kitchen double sink

There’s nothing that can ruin your day more than a clogged sink.  Well, actually there is, but a clogged sink that is being stubborn and won’t drain no matter what you do is definitely annoying.  We get that it’s frustrating even on the best of days, plus that you have more important things to do with your time than working in gross, backed-up water.  Creekside Plumbing & Construction is here to help.  Here are some great tips to help you clear out your double sink that has a garbage disposal.

Tips to clear out your double sinktips to clear a double sink with a garbage disposal

Things to avoid:

At the first sign of a clog, there are a few things that everyone does.  The first thing is to dump an entire bottle of Draino into it.  We understand the temptation, but it’s best to avoid using harsh chemicals.  Not only can it damage your plumbing system, it often doesn’t help the clog and now you have a sink full of dirty water and now chemicals.

Another thing to avoid doing first is to stick your hand down your garbage disposal and see if you can find out what’s going on.  This is definitely something you can do, but be sure you follow proper precautions before you do that.  Be sure that you have disconnected the power before you even contemplate sticking your appendages anywhere near that garbage disposal.  It’s also best to try and drain the water out of the it so that you can see down there with a flashlight if needed.

Clearing your sink

When it comes to clearing your sink, you’ll want to first try good old fashioned hot water.  Let it run down your drain for a few minutes and see if that clears the clog.  If not, consider a natural clearing option such as the well-loved vinegar and baking soda fizz.  Pour baking soda down, then the vinegar and let it fizz and crackle for a few minutes.  Then chase it with hot water again.  Alternatively, you can try salt as well.

If that doesn’t work. Try getting a flashlight and peering down the disposal to see if there is a utensil or something else stuck down there.  If so, it may be as simple to fix as pulling it out.  If it doesn’t work, or there is no sign of an apparent clog, try using a plunger at the clogged side a few times, making sure the other side is plugged up or this whole step is pointless.

If any of these tips work, it’s important to remember that you should thoroughly flush out your disposal system with the use of hot water.  It will help clear away any leftover debris to stop another clog.

Still nothing?

If you’ve done all of those things and are still looking for help, contact Creekside Plumbing. We are professional, timely, and an experienced master plumber to help you get rid of that sink clog for good.  Not only will we help solve your clog issue, we’ll do it all with the utmost respect for your home with our red carpet service.

You deserve priority treatment, even if it’s as something as “everyday” as a double sink clog.  We’ll be there to give you support when and where you most need it, all with a professional attitude that will make it a breeze. Be sure you know who you are hiring as a standard contractor or handyman might not be licensed in plumbing and could cause further problems.

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Charles Hunsucker

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