Kitchen Sink Won T Drain

Kitchen Sink Won T Drain

The Art of Running a Snake There’s an art to using a drain snake, and the more experience you have, the better you’ll be at it. Here’s how you do it. Loosen the setscrew or chuck to allow the cable to come out of the drum freely. Now feed the cable into the drain until you can’t push it any more. It may be stuck on the clog or simply meeting resistance where the drainpipe bends. Position the end of the drum so there’s about 8 in. of cable showing between the drain and the drum, and tighten the setscrew or chuck onto the cable. Withdraw the cable about an inch so that it’s free of the obstruction, and start turning the drum while you push it toward the drain. Continue until you’ve pushed the exposed cable down the drain. Then repeat the process by loosening the setscrew and withdrawing another 8 in. of cable. If the end of the cable gets stuck and you keep turning the drum, the cable will start to spiral inside the drain. You want to avoid this, so stop turning the drum if you feel that the cable isn’t turning freely anymore. Withdraw the cable about 6 in. and try again. Several things can happen at this point. You might bore through the clog, allowing water to run through and dissolve the remaining clog. You might push the clog to a point where the diameter of the pipes is larger and it can wash down the drain. Or you might hook the clog with the end of the snake and pull it out. This is where your intuition comes into play. When you think you’ve unclogged the drain, withdraw the snake. If you’ve pushed the cable down through the basket strainer, you can rinse it off as you retrieve it by running water. Otherwise, put on some gloves and wipe the cable off with a rag as you push it back into the drum. When you’re done cleaning the drain, pull the cable out of the drum, rinse it off, and wipe it down with an oil-soaked rag to keep it from rusting.
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Kitchen Sink Won T Drain

If you have a two-bowl sink and only one side is clogged, there’s a good chance this fix will work. First look under the sink to locate the waste tee. If your drain setup looks something like the one shown here and the water is backing up on the side without the waste tee, you may be able to remove the clog with a bent coat hanger (opening photo). There’s a baffle inside the waste tee that is meant to direct water down the drain, but since the baffled area is narrower than the rest of the drain, food often gets stuck there. Garbage disposers are notorious for causing clogs, especially at the baffle. The trick is to bend a hook on the end of a coat hanger wire and use it to dislodge the clog. Use a pliers to bend a hook that will fit through the slots in the basket strainer. Peek under the sink to get a rough idea how far down the waste tee is from the basket strainer. Push the bent hanger down the drain. Then twist and pull until you feel it hook onto the baffle. Now wiggle it up and down while twisting it to remove the clog. Run water in the clogged sink to tell if you’ve removed the obstruction. If the sink still doesn’t drain, there’s a clog farther down. Move on to the next step.
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Kitchen Sink Won T Drain

Troubleshooting: Remove and clean the drain stopper. Next, try using the humble drain plunger, keeping in mind to block the over-flow drain in the tub or sink. If that doesn’t work, remove the drain elbow joint and clean it out. Clean drain stoppers routinely to prevent clogs and use a hair strainer drain-cover to trap hair before it goes down the drain.
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Kitchen Sink Won T Drain

Check the Disposer Before you Plunge One of the most common causes of a clogged drain is a clogged garbage disposer. If the side of the sink that has the disposer doesn’t drain, plunge it first to remove the clog or force it down the drain. And if you flip the switch to turn on your garbage disposer and all you hear is a low humming sound, your disposer is probably jammed. Switch it off and unplug the unit. You can usually free it by turning the blades manually by inserting an Allen wrench into the hole on the bottom of the disposer. If the disposer doesn’t make any sound when you turn it on, an internal breaker on the motor probably has tripped. Give the disposer a minute to cool off. Then press the reset button located on the bottom of the unit, and turn it on again. If you have a dishwasher, tighten a clamp over the flexible part of the drain line before plunging the drain. This prevents dirty water from flowing back into the dishwasher cabinet. If the disposer hums but doesn’t spin, try rotating the disposer blades manually. If you have a dishwasher, tighten a clamp over the flexible part of the drain line before plunging.
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Kitchen Sink Won T Drain

rocknlinda (author)  RedneckEngineer5 years agoReplyIt is a little hard to explain but I will do my best. At my sons home (where this all took place) his sink is at an angle in a corner. So there is a very large area under the sink. As you are looking at the sink the dishwasher is on the right side. There is a cabinet wall for the sink cabinet. On the back kitchen wall at floor level and partially obsecured with the cabinet wall that butts up to the dishwasher was the hidden clean out drain. All of the other drains, hoses, garbage disposal, dishwasher hose, etc. are easily seen and accessible. This clean out drain was not! We know it’s there now though!!!!! Our homes were built at the same time by the same contractor. So I wondered if I also had a hidden clean out under my kitchen sink. So I came home and looked for it and mine is in plain sight under the sink on the back wall at midlevel. We were defintely concerned about the possibility of the pipe being broken. Texas has had 40 ++ days of over 100 degrees and we have had no rain for months and months. There have been news reports of numerous main line city water pipes that have broken because of the heat and the drought. I am glad this pipe was not broken.
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Kitchen Sink Won T Drain

It is a little hard to explain but I will do my best. At my sons home (where this all took place) his sink is at an angle in a corner. So there is a very large area under the sink. As you are looking at the sink the dishwasher is on the right side. There is a cabinet wall for the sink cabinet. On the back kitchen wall at floor level and partially obsecured with the cabinet wall that butts up to the dishwasher was the hidden clean out drain. All of the other drains, hoses, garbage disposal, dishwasher hose, etc. are easily seen and accessible. This clean out drain was not! We know it’s there now though!!!!! Our homes were built at the same time by the same contractor. So I wondered if I also had a hidden clean out under my kitchen sink. So I came home and looked for it and mine is in plain sight under the sink on the back wall at midlevel. We were defintely concerned about the possibility of the pipe being broken. Texas has had 40 ++ days of over 100 degrees and we have had no rain for months and months. There have been news reports of numerous main line city water pipes that have broken because of the heat and the drought. I am glad this pipe was not broken.
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Kitchen Sink Won T Drain

Search Add New Question A plummer came over and put a cable auger in there, but he said that it needs a longer one. What else can be done? wikiHow Contributor Cable augers can be very long. I have one that I bought at Walmart for less than $20. It’s about 25 feet long and comes in a reel that can be attached to a power drill. Any reputable plumber would have a long auger somewhere, even if he/she didn’t have it in the truck. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 17 Helpful 37 Will this work for my clogged bathroom sink? wikiHow Contributor I used the baking soda, vinegar and hot water method (Method 2) on my bathroom sink which has seemingly fixed my issue. However, I have had plumbers tell me to never use a plunger on a bathroom sink (Method 1). Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 8 Helpful 21 What can I use if my sink is clogged with candle wax? wikiHow Contributor Try the last approach covered in the article. If you still have trouble, you may need to call a professional. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 5 Helpful 13 Why does my kitchen drain make a loud sound after being used? wikiHow Contributor It is most likely clogged due to another appliance. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 12 Helpful 18 Which kind of vinegar should I use? wikiHow Contributor I recommend just plain white vinegar. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 3 Helpful 7 If I used Drano and the sink is still clogged, can I use baking soda and vinegar to unclog my sink? wikiHow Contributor The instructions on my Drano bottle say to never mix it with any other chemical. I would recommend calling a professional plumber or the customer service number on the bottle before trying anything else. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 2 How do I unclog a kitchen sink equipped with a garbage disposal? wikiHow Contributor I’ve had to use a plunger before to dislodge whatever is in the way. The best thing do to is never overload your disposal to start with and make sure you’re only using the disposal for items it can handle. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0

Kitchen Sink Won T Drain

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