What’s with all that water standing in the kitchen sink? You pulled out the drain plug, and yet the water remains. If there’s anything grosser than washing dishes by hand, it’s having to fumble around in a puddle of greasy, scummy water that just refuses to go down the drain.
So why won’t the kitchen sink drain? Obviously, you’re faced with some kind of clog — but what’s causing it? And even more to the point, what can you do about it? Should you call a plumber or try some kind of DIY fix? One thing for sure, that standing water is not going to go away by itself.
Worry not. We’ve got the answers to all your questions right here: reasons why your kitchen sink is not draining, plus effective solutions to your problem.
Reasons for a Kitchen Sink Drain Clog
1. Congealed Oil & Grease
Sure, it’s convenient to pour that leftover bacon fat or cooking oil merrily down the drain, but there are consequences. Grease in the kitchen drain (even a small amount from washing oily frying pans) builds up over time. That’s bad news for your drain pipes — and will eventually leave you with a backed-up kitchen sink.
2. Soap & Detergent
An overload of soap and dish detergent is another possible culprit, especially when combined with hard water from some of Ottawa’s municipal well systems. This can create a nasty scum, which accumulates in your drain, and plumbing pipes. Once again, the unhappy result is (you guessed it) a kitchen drain clog.
3. Food Scraps In The Drain
After-dinner cleanup is just about no one’s idea of a good time. In your haste to get this chore over with as fast as possible, you might accidentally wash bits and pieces of leftover food down the drain. Unfortunately, food scraps, particularly stringy types like celery or pasty stuff like rice, can easily get stuck, clogging up your kitchen sink.
How to Unclog Your Sink
Start by plunging the sink drain. Use your toilet plunger (well-washed), if you have to. A dedicated sink plunger is better, though; it’s smaller and flat-bottomed — unlike a toilet plunger, which ends in a flange. Plunging alone may be enough to take care of the drain clog. Even if further action is necessary, at least you’ve gotten rid of all that standing water first.
2. Try This Homemade Solution
Use the power of three simple, inexpensive ingredients you probably already have handy: baking soda, vinegar, and hot water. Pour ½ cup baking soda down the kitchen drain in a thin stream. Add a chaser of ½ cup white vinegar. Seal the drain opening with the sink plug and let your mixture bubble away for 15 minutes. Unplug and follow up with 2 cups of boiling water.
TIP: If you have a porcelain sink or PEX plumbing pipes, avoid potential damage; use water that is merely hot, not boiling.
3. Buy An Eco-Friendly Drain Cleaner
Many commercial drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals, which are harmful to the environment and damaging to your plumbing, as well. (They’re also dangerous to kids, pets, and other living creatures.) So please purchase only an environmentally-friendly enzyme or bacteria-based brand. Use according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Turn to OOTW for Expert Drain Service
When you’re stuck with a serious drain clog, Out of this World will take care of it. Our licensed, insured plumbers are excellent at clearing clogs or any other plumbing repair — and very ready to answer all your questions.
Call or text 613-519-1342, or book an appointment online.