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How to Unclog a Double Kitchen Sink With Standing Water?

How to Unclog a Double Kitchen Sink With Standing Water?

Cleaning the piles of dirty dishes at the end of a busy day is the least favourite thing for everyone. And if you get to know that it’s not only the dishes you have to do but also the sink – DOUBLE SINK – things can turn out to be even worse. Fortunately, addressing the kitchen clogs is much easier than treating other clogged drains but they also tend to occur more often. Thus, in this guide, we’ll tell you how to unclog a double kitchen sink with standing water and the reasons for clogs so you can prevent them from happening in the future. So let’s dive in!

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Reasons for kitchen clogs

To address a problem, it’s essential to understand it thoroughly and that’s the very first step toward treating the clogged drains. Generally, the things that caused clogs are the following

●     Food particles

The most common reason for kitchen clogs is the food particles that come along with the dirty plates and dishes. Even if your sink has a garbage disposal, particles like coffee grounds, eggshells, and tea leaves may travel toward the drainage pipes and the worst part is, they don’t dissolve easily. These particles, however, don’t block the drainage at once instead, they tend to accumulate and when they turn into a considerable buildup, clog the drain.

●     Oil and other liquids

Oil and grease are the second major factor behind clogged sinks unless you are up to a zero-oil diet. Besides oil, other sorts of liquid, including the dishwasher soap, can stick inside the sink, along with the grease. You might be surprised to know but when the soap combines with grease and minerals, it turns into scum which When the winter rolls in, these liquids turn into solid which, in turn, clog the drainage. Even in winter, grease and other fat build-ups can cause severe obstruction by reducing the overall drainage.

●     Mineral deposits

Most parts of this world have hard water and as we all know, hard water is called hard because it’s full of minerals that keep on depositing over time. So, if you are living in such an area, the minerals may get deposited into the drainage pipes of your double sink, causing them to clog, eventually.

how to unclog a double kitchen sink with standing water?

Generally, the kitchen clogs can be treated easily using DIY techniques and tools, without hiring a professional drainer. What are those techniques, let’s find out!

1. Unclog the garbage disposal

Sometimes, the drain is not blocked by the removable strainer but due to the clogging of garbage disposal. But how can disposal get blocked? Well, it’s normal and there could be various reasons for this such as defecting, jamming, or overheating. And once the disposal stops working and gets clogged, the entire drainage system will be clogged. Thus, to address this problem, you first have to turn the power of the disposal off so its blades won’t start running amid operation.

After this, get a wrench or broom handle to loosen the screw of the rotor, from the bottom of your kitchen sink. Rotate the wrench until the rotation gets smooth which will depict that the clogged material has been broken down. Never rotate the rotor with your hands since the metallic blades of disposal may cause serious injuries.

2. Unclog the u-shaped pipe

A U-shaped pipe, u-bend, or p-trap is the part of your sink’s drainage pipes that curved down the drain hole before going to the sewer line. U-bend is mostly added to the drainpipe to prevent sewer gases from rising and backflow of sewerage. At the same time, this u-trap, as the name implies, traps or catches the things. So, there are good chances of it getting clogged, blocking the entire drainage system.

To unclog the u-bend, first, grab a tub or bucket and place it underneath so the runoff will fall into it. After this, start unscrewing the caps present throughout the length of the p-trap and if the caps are sticking, add grease or another lubricant to reduce friction. Be careful because as soon as the u-bend is detached, the water will flood out into the bucket.

Before reattaching the u-bend to the drainage pipe, clear all the buildups from it so that your sink can drain smoothly. However, if the drain is still sluggish, it means the clog is present somewhere deep down the sewer line. In this case, you’d need to call a plumber.

3. Use a plunger

Another way to dislodge clogged particles from your sink and address clogging is by using the plunger. For this, remove the strainer, and place the plunger over the drainage hole. Once set, push the plunger up and down several times without lifting it off the hole. If you’d lift it, the suction will dissipate and won’t affect the build-up.

Use a Plunger

Keep pushing the plunger six to eight times, after which, you can lift it to check whether the water has started to drain or not. If not, then repeat the process until the drainage begins. Once done, wait for the standing water to subside and run hot water into your sink to flush out the remaining build-up.

4. Use the plumber’s snake

A plumber snake is a simple piece of equipment that is easily available at local hardware stores and is used to treat tougher clogs. If your sink doesn’t have a garbage disposal, you can access the blockage with this drainer snake from the top of your sink’s drainage hole. However, doing so will not be possible if the sink has a garbage disposal.

In this case, you first need to detach the u-pipe and place a tub underneath to catch the runoff. After this, send your plumber’s snake down into the pipe until you feel resistant. Upon this, you have to either break the clog or pull it out. For either purpose, simply pull and push the build-up until the tub catches the build-up.

After this, you can easily pull off the plumber’s snake from the drainage hole and reattach the u-pipe. In the end, run hot water for a few minutes to flush the residue out. If you can’t find a drainer’s snake in your nearby hardware store, you can easily create a makeshift snake by unwinding a coat hanger using the needle-nose plier.

5. Use baking soda cleaners

Baking soda has been used for several decades to clear the clogs – even the tougher ones, with the least effort and within the least time. All you need to do is to prepare a baking soda mixture and push it down the drain to see its magic. The best part of this clog-clearing hack is that all the ingredients required to make a baking soda cleaner mixture are found in every kitchen.

For instance, you can make a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, in equal proportion. To make this formula more reactive and abrasive, mix baking soda with salt and vinegar. However, before draining it down the drainage hole, remove the water out of the sink using a cup. Once done, push the mixture down the hole and wait for some minutes until it begins bubbling.

Let it bubbles and fizz for ten to fifteen minutes after which, you can run hot water through the drain to see whether it has been draining perfectly or relatively slower. Repeat the whole process if you’d find drainage a bit slower to remove the remaining build-up.

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