Clogged Sink Lines

Causes of clogged sink lines may include the following:

  • Food emptied into the drain (even small pieces can cause a clog over time);
  • Grease poured into the drain;
  • Hair
  • Small objects, such as toys


Do-it-Yourselfers may be able to clear a sink blockage on their own:

    1. If there is no water in the sink, run hot water directly into the drain on full force (run no more than three inches of water into the drain). Sometimes, this will help force out minor obstructions.
    2. Put boiling down the drain. This may help break up the obstruction.


If steps one and two did not work, a plunger may fix the problem. Block any openings in the sink, such as overflow holes or second drains (for two basin sinks). Fill the sink with about two inches of water (if no water is in the sink). Take a plunger and place it over the drain in the sink (ensure that the entire drain is covered). Plush the plunger handle down hard multiple times. After a minute or two, check the sink to see if the water is going down. If the water appears to be draining, block the drain and fill the sink with water. If the water goes down quickly, the blockage is clear. If the water is going down slowly, the blockage still exists. If the blockage still exists, repeat this step.

If plunging does not work, you may want to call a professional, such as A-Authentic Snake Dance Kid Sewer Cleaning Service. We use an electric snake (50 feet) to clear the drain and remove any clogs. Many of our clientele have commented that, after we snaked their sink drain, they have never seen the water drain so fast.

The following may be useful in preventing clogged sinks in the future:

  1. Use a sink strainer in the kitchen sink. These are effective at catching food and small objects before they go down the drain.
  2. Do not pour grease in the kitchen sink; instead, empty it into a container and throw the container in the trash.
  3. If you have a garbage disposal, still follow the two steps above. It is important to remember that a garbage disposal is not a garbage can – items normally thrown in a garbage can should still be placed in the trash, even if you have a garbage disposal. A garbage disposal is not meant for actual garbage. Putting actual garbage in the garbage disposal will most likely clog your sink line. Garbage disposals are meant for the small scraps that may have inadvertently been left on a plate after scraping the leftovers from the plate into the garbage can.
  4. For a bathroom sink, remove the pop-up stopper (this stopper traps hair and other particles) and clean it every three months.