You finish up the dishes, pull the plug in your kitchen sink—and absolutely nothing happens. Instead of swirling away down the drain like it's supposed to, all that dirty, brown dishwater just sits there in your seriously clogged kitchen sink in Edmonton. This annoying problem happens from time to time, and most people have to deal with it sooner or later. But sometimes, you get a kitchen sink clogged so badly that your normal methods of unclogging don't have any impact. Or, you get it cleared out, and everything seems to be okay, but it clogs up immediately the next time you use it. Those are indications that something deeper might be going on that needs the help of a reliable Edmonton plumber.
If you've got a clogged kitchen sink and nothing you've tried is working—or you have no interest in trying and just need someone to take care of it correctly and efficiently—rely on your local, experienced plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Edmonton. We unclog kitchen sinks all the time, so we know how to do it effectively without damaging your plumbing system to provide long-lasting results. Get in touch with us today and speak with one of our friendly customer service representatives!
How Our Experienced Plumbers Unclog Kitchen Sinks in Edmonton, AB
It's pretty common for a clogged kitchen sink to happen because there's a blockage of food scraps lurking a few inches below the drain opening. In that case, we can often deal with it by fishing the blockage out of your drain with a hook and then taking care of effective drain cleaning to remove any debris that may still be clinging to pipe walls. But sometimes, the problem is a lot more stubborn or lurking deep in your drain lines where it can be easily seen and brought back out. Fortunately, our professional plumbers have the tools and technology to deal with a severely clogged kitchen sink.
When dealing with a clogged kitchen sink in Edmonton, you might grab a drain snake, but we do advise proceeding with caution. If the clog seems to be relatively close to your drain opening, your Edmonton plumber may recommend starting with an auger, also known as a drain snake or plumbing snake. It sends a cable down your pipe to loosen up debris and either bring it back up and out of the drain opening or break it up to the point where it can be pushed out of your wastewater disposal system on the other end of your line.
Speaking of pushing clogs through your wastewater disposal lines, that's accomplished with hydro jetting. Our hydro jetting machines use high-pressure jets of water to blast clogs and other debris out of your drainage lines. Because it gets rid of solidified grease and other sticky substances that are clinging to the inside of your pipes, it helps to prevent clogs from forming again right away.
If you have a kitchen garbage disposal unit in your clogged kitchen sink, you may not be dealing with a sink problem at all, but rather a garburator problem. You can put some food scraps into your garburator, but not all types of scraps are suitable. Fibrous foods such as banana peels and egg shells can get wound around the blades and cause the unit to stop working, catching any scraps that follow them and causing a major clog. Our plumbers are experienced with garbage disposal repair, so if that's where the problem lies, we'll get it fixed or replace the unit if it's beyond repair.
Kitchen Sink Clogged? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to Handle It
Edmonton home and business owners, don't struggle alone with a clogged kitchen sink when you can get fast, effective, experienced help from the expert plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Edmonton. We can do more than unclog kitchen sinks, though—count on our team for comprehensive plumbing services, including sewer line repair, plumbing system maintenance, gas line repair, and much more.
FAQs About Clogged Kitchen Sink in Edmonton, AB
What are the Warning Signs of a Clogged Kitchen Sink?
You may think you know precisely what a clogged kitchen sink looks like—basically, the water won't go down the drain. But there are some less blatant signs that trouble is coming down the pipe, and if you are familiar with those more subtle warning signs, you can call your local Edmonton plumber to get the problem resolved and help you avoid more destructive and frustrating problems in the near future. Some signs to watch out for include:
- Slow drains or water isn't draining at all
- Bubbling, gurgling, or suction noises coming from drains
- Foul odors near the fixture or wafting up from the drain, such as mildew or rotting food
- Mysterious pools of water forming near your clogged kitchen sink, standing water
Can I Unclog a Kitchen Sink With Baking Soda and Vinegar?
If you've been searching online for DIY methods of dealing with a clogged kitchen sink, you've probably come across the suggestion to pour a cup of white vinegar and a cup of baking soda into the drain. As we all know from science class, that creates an explosive reaction in a closed environment, but your drain pipe is not a closed environment. The vinegar and baking soda mixture will likely just fizzle away for a few minutes without really helping. Though this is a valid way to clean your sink fixture and drain opening, it's not likely to actually eat through a clog. We also don't recommend dumping a pot of boiling water into your clogged kitchen sink for the simple reason that it's all too easy to lose control of the pot and seriously scald yourself.
What's the Correct Way to Plunge a Clogged Kitchen Sink?
When you've got a clogged kitchen sink drain, your first instinct is probably not to call a plumber—especially if you've got a trusty plunger on hand. But did you know there's a right and a wrong way to plunge a clogged kitchen sink? Edmonton residents can try following these steps to get the job done correctly:
- First, make sure you have the right type of sink plunger. You need a cup plunger with a cup-shaped rubber end that can fit over a flat drain like the one in your sink and form a tight seal with enough pressure to bring the clog out. A bell or ball-shaped toilet plunger won't be effective for a sink.
- Remove the drain cover, put on your rubber gloves, and take the time to lay some rags or newspaper around the sink area—this could get messy.
- If it's a double sink, plug up the drain hole on the other side with an old rag and put an inch of water in the sink you'll be plunging.
- Place the plunger over the drain opening and push down, then pull up sharply to form a seal. Go slow at first to avoid splashing.
- Keep plunging until the water drains, or you can hear the clog working loose. It may take some time, so be patient.
- Once the clog is out, run some hot water in the sink for a few minutes to make sure it's totally clear.
If you plunge and plunge and plunge some more, and it just doesn't help, you've got something more than just the standard, run-of-the-mill clogged kitchen sink. Our Edmonton plumbers, however, are only one call away. We'll get it sorted out so your household can get back to its regular routines.
How Can I Avoid a Clogged Kitchen Sink in the Future?
The very best way to ensure you'll never have to deal with another clogged kitchen sink ever again is to schedule regular drain cleaning appointments with our Edmonton plumbing team. But there are also a few things you can do to help keep your kitchen sink drain well-maintained, such as:
- Avoid pouring hot grease, fat or oil down your drain. It may be liquid when you pour it into your drain, but it coats the inside of the pipe and solidifies, creating a sticky substance that catches and holds other debris, quickly forming a nasty clog.
- Use a removable basket strainer while you're washing dishes, prepping food, and doing other activities that could cause particles to wash down the drain and form a clog.
- Limit your use of harsh chemical drain cleaners to once in a rare while or preferably never. Overuse of acid-based cleaners can actually eat away at the inside of your pipes, causing them to corrode inside and weaken to the point where they can form a pinhole leak.
Stop Struggling With a Clogged Kitchen Sink and Call Our Edmonton Plumbers For the Right Solutions!
Contact our friendly customer service staff to find out more about our reliable plumbing service or to schedule a convenient time for a service appointment to get rid of that kitchen drain clog. We also handle other types of clogged drains to help prevent the risk of any sewer backups.