Kitchen Sink Clogged? This is how to unclog the sink drain without calling a plumber

For minor sink clogs, here are simple steps with two different tools that you can use to fix the situation and avoid calling the plumber. Make sure to also have a small bucket, rubber gloves, and a small flashlight handy. Run plenty of all cold water prior to beginning any work. Ensure that your garbage disposer is not the issue by plugging it off, turning the blades manually, and inserting a wrench at the bottom of the disposer. Once you are certain that the sink drain is the issue, use either tool below.

• Plunger

Visit your local hardware store to purchase a plunger. Fill your sink with about 3 – 4 inches of water and plunge up and down for about 20 seconds, repeating the process as needed. This forces water down the drain and hopefully unclogs your sink.

• Snake

If a plunger doesn’t do the trick, you may need to use a snake to get into the drain stub-out. This requires disassembling the P-trap underneath your sink and feeding the snake through the drain until it hits, loosens, and removes the blockage.

If at this point your sink remains clogged, it is best to call a plumber. Your blockage may be further down the drains in places that require special equipment or more expertise. If that is the case, please feel free to call or contact us and we would be happy to assist you on the matter.