My Kitchen Sink Is Clogged. What Can I Do?

Clogged kitchen sink? Drat! Is there anything you can do before calling a plumber?


There’s an easy method you can try right off the bat: plunging the sink.

How to clear a kitchen sink

Tools needed:

  • Plunger (one you’ve never in your toilet)
  • Clamps
  • Wet rag or a large pot/basket full of water

Step 1: Create a pressure lock

To unclog a kitchen drain, you have to create an an uninterrupted pressure lock between the plunger and the clog. In other words, you don’t want water to be pushed elsewhere when you use the plunger, or you won’t have enough leverage against the clog. 

To create the pressure lock, you’ll need to do two things:

If you have a dishwasher: Clamp down the drain hose at the disposer or drain line (the drain hose is a soft, flexible pipe).

If you have a second sink basin: Have a second person hold down a wet rag over the drain so you can focus on plunging. If you’re alone, use a heavy, water-filled pot instead of the rag.

Step 2: Fill up the sink 3-4 inches 

Fill up the sink to where it covers the plunger head. this super important because your plunger needs enough water to create pressure against the clog. 

Step 3: Plunge like mad

OK, not like mad. There’s actually a technique to it. Plunge rhythmically for 6 reps with increasing vigor. Pull up hard on the last rep to add extra pressure. Essentially, you’re giving the clog a good “heave ho!”

Keep doing this until the clog is removed. 

Step 4: Flush

Once the clog is cleared, turn on the faucet and flush out a cleared clog with plenty of hot water.

What if that didn’t work?

You can try a few other things like removing and cleaning the kitchen sink P-trap or using a drill-powered auger(called a plumber’s snake) to clear the line. But, if you’re not much of a DIY plumber and you want a quick solution, call a local plumber. 

If you live in Hastings, Apple Valley, Burnsville, Cottage Grove, Eagan, Woodbury, Lakeville, Rosemount, we can help.

Contact us to unclog your kitchen sink.

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