Your kitchen sink getting clogged can cause a lot of issues. It can block up your whole kitchen and make life extremely difficult. So how do you deal with it and how do you make sure it doesn’t happen again? Our team at Botanical Plumbing has outlined the main causes your kitchen sink might clog and how to fix it below.

Why Is My Kitchen Sink Clogged?

Food Scraps

The main cause of clogs in kitchens is food waste. Food washed off of your plate and directly down the drain can get trapped in the P or J bend of the pipe under the sink, causing a build-up and eventually, clogging your drain. This P/J bend is designed to prevent larger items from getting into the overarching pipe system of your home but it does mean that you can get that build up over time.

There are a few ways to address this issue.

1. Invest in a Sink Strainer. This can prevent larger food items from going down your sink and can prevent a clog before it happens. These are quite cheap to buy and can save you significant money in the long run.

2. Enzyme Cleaners. Try an environmentally friendly drain cleaner that uses enzymes. These break down the clog over a period of time and you should be able to use your sink within a few hours.

3. A Plumber. If all else fails, it is time to call in a plumber. There may be a larger underlying issue or your sink may need to be taken apart to remove the clog. If this is the case, it is best to get a plumber in to fix your sink.

Grease In The Trap

Oil, grease, and fat from pots and pans can cause significant problems to a drain system. If you are pouring the fat or grease left in your pan after you cook down the drain, then this may be the reason your drain is clogged. When the grease, oil or fat goes down the drain, it can solidify in the pipes and build up over time, causing blockages.

Though some believe that pouring boiling water down the drain can fix this issue, this is a bit of an old wives' tale and does not actually resolve the problem, merely spreading the grease, oil or fat further down the drain system.

If this is an issue, it will need a commercial drain cleaning product and you will need to ensure that you are carefully following any instructions provided on the label. If you have already used a commercial drain cleaner and the problem persists, you may need to contact a plumber to come in and take apart your sink to clean the pipes.

If you are unsure why your kitchen sink is clogged, contact the experts at Botanical Plumbing to come and inspect your plumbing.