A double kitchen sink is the perfect place for dishes, pots and pans that are too dirty or greasy. However, these sinks can also become clogged if you put things down them incorrectly which will result in standing water with no drainage whatsoever. This article will guide you through how to unclog your double kitchen sink with standing water using plungers, salt, as well as baking soda & vinegar formulas.
Why is my kitchen sink clogged?
There are many reasons for this. Food can be left in the pipes and not flushed away, as well as grease or oil that has been allowed to go down into the drain pipe. These combined with other substances will accumulate over time and cause a buildup of gunk which cannot be removed by normal use of dish soap. It’s always best to have someone help when unclogging a double kitchen sink unless it doesn’t run water at all. When there isn’t any water flowing through the pipes, they tend to swell up from debris accumulation so much more easily than if they were running full-blast (which would allow them compress back).
How to Unclog a Double Kitchen Skin?
Got a clogged double kitchen sink with standing water, here are few hacks to get rid of that:
1. Use a Plunger for an Effective and Quick Fix:
- First, fill the sink with hot water. The boiling point of 212 degrees Fahrenheit will help loosen any debris that is in the pipe below your double kitchen sink
- If you have dish soap or another liquid dishwashing detergent on hand, add it to the water in both sinks (to prevent suds)
- Put some soapy water into one bowl until there’s enough for both bowls but not too much – about ¼ cup each should do it. Now place these bowls under your two drains at different levels if they are located more than four inches apart from each other
- Place the plunger over one drain at a time and push down over the water with a firm, steady rhythm.
- Push and release in quick succession until you can see that it is working
- Once one drain unclogs, move to the other side of your double kitchen sink and repeat this process for the second drain
- Stop plunging once all or most of the suds have dissipated from both drains.
The key steps are: fill sinks with hot water; add dish soap (or another liquid dishwashing detergent) into bowls if desired; place plunger on top of both drains at different levels before pushing down firmly and steadily while moving around quickly between each bowl. Be sure not to plunge too long after seeing suds diminish – otherwise waste will just build up in the pipes.
What Type of Plunger Should You Use?
There are many types available including plastic plungers, rubber plungers or those made from other materials such as metal or silicone. Select a plunger that is the right size for your sink. For a double kitchen sink, you should use a plunger with two handles and an opening of at least one to three inches in diameter.
How Much Plunging Should You Do?
It depends on how clogged the pipes are – if they’re not very clogged at all, only push down once or twice. If they’re more deeply clogged then plunge until clear water begins to discharge from both drains. If it doesn’t work after plunging five times (or 20 seconds), try again!
2. Use Baking Soda & Vinegar to Unclog Double Kitchen Sinks
- Mix baking soda and vinegar together in a bowl
- Add clean hot water to this solution until it reaches the top of your double kitchen sink, or fill both sinks with this mixture if they are located more than four inches apart from each other. The higher the concentration level, the better for getting rid of residue that is stuck in pipes below your drains
- Wait about 15 minutes before plunging – you’ll see bubbles coming up as it reacts with grease clogging the drain; clear liquid will begin to discharge once again from both bowls at different levels
- When finished unclogging one side of your sink, move over to the other side and repeat these steps until all suds have dissipated
What Type of Vinegar Should You Use?
There are many types of vinegar available – white, apple cider and distilled for example. It doesn’t matter which type you use as they all serve the same function; however, it is best to choose one that has at least five percent acid content.
What Type of Baking Soda Should You Use?
There are many types available including baking powder (which can be used instead), but regular old fashioned baking soda works well too. If using a liquid dish soap or detergent with this method, avoid adding more than ¼ cup per sink.
Don’t Forget: Plunge gently! Be sure not to push down hard when plunging if your drain pipes are clogged deeply because pushing harder will just make matters worse by causing excess pressure on the pipe below your drain.
3. Using Salt To Unclog Double Kitchen Sink
- Fill sinks with hot water and add salt to either sink. Put it in both if they are more than four inches apart from each other.
- Add liquid dish soap (or another type of detergent) into any bowls.
- Place plunger on top of both drains at different levels before pushing down firmly and steadily while moving around quickly between each bowl. Be sure not to plunge too long after seeing suds diminish – otherwise waste will just build up in the pipes.
What Type of Salt Should You Use?
Regular table salt is fine. You can also use kosher, sea salt or rock sugar depending on your preference. Avoid using iodized salts because they contain additives that may interfere with this method’s effectiveness.
How to prevent clogging in double kitchen sinks?
- Install a garbage disposal unit
- Avoid putting grease or fat down the drain. Instead, pour it into an empty can with some water and throw this mixture in the trash. If you must use dish soap with hot soapy water, do not mix more than ¼ cup per sink.