How to Unclog Your Kitchen Sink That Is Clogged on Both Sides with a Garbage Disposal

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Does this situation seem familiar to the problem in your home?

You run your trash disposal and notice that water is beginning to be backed up into both basins of your two-sided sink. Not just water, but you also see crumbs of food appear to float up with the backed-up water. This is not a good indication, and it might lead to additional difficulties for your plumbing pipes if left untreated for a long period. The difficulty you are having is a blocked drainpipe.

The good news is, there are steps you can take on your own to try to fix your trash disposal or unclog your drain. The plumbers here at Thornton Plumbing and Heating of Salt Lake City are pleased to assist you out with this problem, and we want to share some advice with you on how you can remedy it. If you are uncomfortable undertaking any of the chores we describe, do not hesitate to call Thornton Plumbing and Heating for a rapid and effective repair. Our plumbers are accessible 24/7 and will always deliver clients pleasant drain cleaning.

Why Is Your Sink Backing Up On Both Sides?

If both sides of your double kitchen sinks seem blocked and begin to back up, the likely explanation is a blockage in your sink’s main drain or have clogged trash disposal. Baking soda and hot water can help unclog your drain and works excellent as a cleaning agent and odor absorber.

The cause of a clogged drain pipe might be food scraps or any larger materials that were not able to move through the pipe forcing it to be trapped, and as time goes on with this blockage, more debris accumulates leading the line to be stopped up entirely. Leaving this obstruction here is not only terrible for your plumbing, but it may also impair the comfort of your house. Your sink will not be functioning, and the stench of backed-up food and water will begin to be detected in the kitchen.

Checking and Cleaning Your Garbage Disposal

Unplug your disposal\or turn off the circuit breaker at the main power panel for your disposal

Clear out anything that is at your disposal, you may do this with your hands, but make sure the disposal is switched off. Reach down the drain of your sink and feel for any food things that might be clogging the blades, carefully remove all the fragments that can be immediately felt on your fingertips. After you have cleared away all the debris on the blades, run your trash disposal again and observe whether the water begins to flow from your sink.

If doing this does not clean the water in your sink. Try the following action.

Resetting your Garbage Disposal and Turning Center Crank

The clog might be caused by your trash disposal needing to be adjusted or requiring you to crank the blades to make sure nothing is blocking them.

Locate your trash disposal from under your sink.

  • Press the red reset button a few times and see if that helps.
  • Take an Allen wrench and spin the center crank clockwise a few times to loosen up the blades, this will remove some obstruction if they exist
  • Like in the previous activity described going back to your kitchen sink drain and check if you can remove any objects that you can feel with your hands.

Try to run your kitchen sink again and run your garbage disposal after you have done the prior instructions. Does this unclog your drain? If not move to the following piece of advice for unclogging your drain.

How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink with Baking Soda & Vinegar

What you will need:

  • Box of baking soda
  • Bottle of White Vinegar
  • Something to block your kitchen sinks drains with
  • Kettle with boiling water

This is how the procedure will work:

  1. Half of a box of baking soda should be poured down the kitchen sink drain.
  2. After that, pour half a cup of white vinegar down the kitchen sink drain.
  3. Fill the drain with anything that will fill the hole and keep the fizzings from flowing out.
  4. Allow 30 minutes for the baking soda and vinegar mixture to settle in the drain.
  5. Start boiling a tea kettle of hot water while you wait.
  6. Pour the boiling water down the drain to check whether it clears the blockage in your kitchen sink.

As a preventative step, we recommend doing this once a month to clear up your drains.

Pull out your sink plunger.

Keep in mind that a sink plunger is not the same as a toilet plunger; they are two separate pieces of equipment, and you should use the correct plunger for your situation to get the greatest results.

Plunge one side of the blocked sink with your plunger. Plug a washcloth or any rag down the drain on the other side of the two-basin sink (the side that will not be plunged). Start by giving a few hard pushes to one side of the sink, then repeat this process many times. Remove the plunger and the stopper from both sides of the sink and check to see if the water starts to drain. Check to see whether the water starts to clear after you run your garbage disposal.

If this does not clear the blockage in your kitchen sink, repeat the procedure on the opposite side. So, block the side with which you plunged, and then plunge the side with which you sank previously (doing the same thing but reversing the sides.)

If this doesn’t clear your drain, you’ll have to attempt removing and cleaning the pipe assembly from beneath your sink.

Remove the plumbing assembly beneath your sink and clean it out.

Before beginning this procedure, plug the sink drains with a towel or rag. If you are unfamiliar with removing your plumbing equipment, this step might be difficult. If this is the case, we strongly urge you to contact a professional plumber from our plumbing business for assistance.

You’ll need to disconnect the connections that link the assembly to your sink to remove it. This might be a three-joint series that has to be relaxed.

Water will begin to flow out as you loosen the joints; this is the water trapped in the assembly. Allow the water to drain as slowly as possible from the pipe, collecting the leaking water in buckets or containers to minimize the mess. You don’t want to have to clean up a lot of the backup water, so gather as much as possible.

Remove the assembly from beneath the sink once you’re sure you’ve drained the bulk of the water. Place a bucket beneath the pipe that is linked to the drain and pull the plug that is clogging the sink drains to let out the extra water that was blocked up after you have removed the assembly and drained the water. Ensure that the water from the outfall is collected in a bucket or container.

Remove any debris that has accumulated in your plumbing system. Small food particles that have clumped together to block the drain are frequently the reason. Other times, it was objected that were too large for the garbage disposal to adequately break up. Make certain that whatever is obstructing your plumbing system is removed.

If none of these methods manage to clear the clog in your kitchen sink, the issue is likely originating from a far more sophisticated source. It is preferable to hire a professional plumber to check and repair the problem at this stage.

For the best plumbers in Iowa to tackle the job of fixing your kitchen’s plumbing, call Thornton Plumbing and Heating of Murray Utah!

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