There's nothing worse than trying to deal with a stubborn kitchen clog when you're in the middle of cooking dinner. That is, unless you have a houseful of guests. Then the problem becomes much worse. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to find a plumber on a holiday. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to clear out the problem and get your drains flowing again; although it will take some work. Before you start working to clear the drain, you need to know one thing; never try to use chemical drain cleaners. The usually don't work, and they can back up and spray caustic liquid all over your face. Instead, stick to the helpful tips provided here.
Loosen the Clog with a Plunger
When it comes to minor kitchen clogs, you can usually get things moving again with an ordinary plunger. Place a drain plug on one side of your double sink. Fill the other side with water. The clog will prevent the water from draining. The added water will put a bit of pressure behind the plunger, and make the plunging motion more effective. Press down firmly on the plunger and then slowly – and forcefully – pull up on the handle. The plunging action should dislodge the clog so your drains will start flowing again.
Try the Vinegar and Baking Soda Trick
If you've got a clog that was caused by a bit too much grease, you should be able to clear it with some ordinary vinegar and baking soda. The foaming action behind the vinegar and baking soda will eat away at the clog, and clean the drains at the same time. Begin by clearing everything out of the sink. Pour about one cup of baking soda down each drain in the double-sided kitchen sink. Let the baking soda soak into the drains for about 15-20 minutes. Next, pour two cups of vinegar down each drain and wait for the foaming action to begin. Once the foaming ends, flush the drains with boiling water.
Tackle the Garbage Disposal
Clogs associated with garbage disposal issues can be tough to fix, but not impossible. If your sink is clogged by something jammed into your garbage disposal, you'll need to tackle the disposal. The best way to get at your garbage disposal is with a broom handle. Empty everything out of the sink and then stick the broom handle down into the garbage disposal. Use the broom handle to push the garbage disposal blades around. Once the blades move freely, carefully reach inside and remove the dislodged debris. Fill the sink with water, and run the disposal until the clog is cleared.
Bring in the Big Guns
If whatever has clogged your kitchen sink is refusing to let go, you'll need to bring in the big guns. Contact an emergency plumber in your neighborhood. They'll come out and clear the gunk. While they're at it, have them clean your drains with a hydrojet. Sewer jetting will clear your drains of all the gunk that's been clogging up the works.