Having 2 sinks is fantastic, until the kitchen sink is clogged on both sides. Can this really be happening? What can be done?
Read on for our easy fix for a kitchen sink clogged on both sides.
Why is my Kitchen Sink Clogged on Both Sides?
Double sinks in your kitchen are super handy, one to wash and one to rinse the dishes or prepare food. Problems start when your sinks starts to drain water slowly. It might be one sink and first and then both.
Dealing with the problem right away will prevent larger problems like clogs, overflowing sinks, and even floods! If you don’t have a drain auger, we will go over a few ways to unclogs your sink with things you have around the house.
Why are Both Sides of My Sinks Clogged?
Each of your sinks has its own drain and pipe located underneath. Those 2 pipes however, join into one larger pipe before they go into the wall. That means that all of the junk that goes down your drain can collect where the two pipes join together.
That junction will collect gunk, food, debris, and anything else that gets washed down your 2 sink drains. If the kitchen sink main drain pipe clogs up, you will then have a problem with both sinks, not just one.
Double Bathroom Sink Clogged on Both Sides
See above, both sinks drain into the same pipe underneath your bathroom counter and this can cause clogs in the main pipe and at the joint where the 2 pipes come together into one pipe. The solution for unclogging is the same as your kitchen sink.
Kitchen Sink Main Drain Clogged
If you’re main kitchen sink drain is clogged, that won’t be a problem. Below are a few solutions you can try to quickly and easily get your drains running clear again. So, how do you unclog a double sink with standing water?
Easy Fix: How To Unclog a Kitchen Sink Clogged on Both Sides
What to do if both sides of your kitchen sink are clogged? We have 4 quick and easy methods to unclog your kitchen sink drain. Be aware that clogs happen not just because something random is in your pipes. Clogs happen also because of built up gunk and grease
- Hot Water
- Drain Auger
Using a plunger on the drain should be enough pressure to get your drain flowing again. Plunging the sink drain will dislodge any small things stuck in your pipes. This is not a long term solution. There is probably gunk built up in your pipes that needs to be removed. Only a drain auger can do this.
You can use very hot water to melt away some of the gunk and grease that has built up inside your pipes. I recommend you plunge the pipes first THEN use hot water to attack the build up. A drain auger is really the only thing that will solve your problem with build up long term.
The best drain augers are built with sturdy rust resistant metal cords with a bulb on the end. When you put an auger down your pipes, the bulb and cord work together as you twist the handle, hitting the sides of the pipes. This removes years of built up gunk like grease, food, and hair.
Drain augers are super affordable and easy to use. You don’t need to hire a plumber to get this done yourself. Check out how to use a drain auger here for our step-by-step guide.
How to Prevent a Kitchen Sink from being Clogged on Both Sides
There are a few things we recommend to stop your sinks from getting clogged.
- Drain traps
- Put grease in the garbage
- Regular Drain Cleaning with a Drain Auger
A drain trap is a super cheap and easy way to prevent anything from getting down your kitchen sink drain. You can buy them for a few bucks online. Place a drain trap in each of your drains to catch anything before it gets into your drains. Then, just dump the stuff you collected in the drain trap into the garbage.
Put Grease in the Garbage
If you cook anything that makes fat or grease, do not dump it down your drains. This includes bacon fat, butter, oils, anything! Instead use an old can or bottle and dump the grease inside that.
Once its full, you can throw the can away. This prevents build up inside your kitchen sink drains and in your pipes, especially where pipes join together.
Maintenance with a Drain Auger
Using a drain auger every 6 months or so, can help to keep your pipes and drain running clear. A drain auger will remove all the gunk that builds up in your drains, pipes, and at the pipe joints/elbows, preventing any future clogs. This is our recommended way to prevent clogs in all the pipes in your home.
When you have a kitchen sink clogged on both sides, you might panic and not know what to do. I hope that our easy fixes above help you out until you can get a drain auger.