Kitchen sink clogged? What can you do?
A clogged kitchen sink can be one of the most frustrating problems when you are already under a time crunch to get a meal on the table. One of the first things that you should do is check to see if you have a clogged garbage disposal.
Contrary to popular belief, you cannot put anything that you want down your kitchen sink disposal. Foods with fibrous husks or peels, such as potatoes and carrots should never be run down the disposal.
But if you have a clogged disposal, here are some things you can try. First of all, never, ever, place your fingers inside of the disposal. Secondly, turn off the power to the disposal at the circuit breaker before you attempt to clear the clog. Find a pair of long tongs or other device that will allow you to remove any obstacles from the disposal. Remove the debris and run hot water down the disposal. Visually inspect the disposal and turn the power back on. Turn on the cold water, run the disposal and see if the clog is removed. If it is not, call a licensed professional.
When your kitchen sink will not drain and you do not have a disposal, use a small plunger to free any clogs. Purchase a small plunger specifically for your kitchen if you do not already have one. If you have a double sink you will need to stop the other side of the drain in order to create a vacuum. This should clear most drains very quickly. The same approach will work if you have standing water in the kitchen sink. Again, if the clog does not clear quickly, call a professional plumber to assess and fix the problem with your kitchen sink drain.