GOAL: Fixing a Clogged Kitchen Sink
TOOLS AND SUPPLIES: Possible tools will include – Plunger, Bucket, Towels, Small pan/bucket, [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”needle nose pliers” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”tdiy008-20″]needle nose pliers[/easyazon_link]
SAFETY: Use care with tools. Avoid damaging the sink, drain, or water pipes. Watch for leaks after your are finished.
- Use a bucket of water to flush down the debris
- After all power sources are removed so the disposal can NOT turn on, reach your hand down to clean it out.
- Try using a plunger…cover the other side of the sink to prevent the debris from coming up the other side
- Remove pipes and clean them out (see step by step instructions below)
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR REMOVING THE PIPES UNDER THE SINK:
- Before removing the clogged pipes, try to scoop out as much water out of the sink as you can into a bucket, to prevent from dripping down onto the floor
- Put a bucket or a pan underneath your pipes before unscrewing the pipes
- Have a few towels ready
- Start disconnecting the thumb screws that attach the pipes together
- At any time during the process, pause to allow water to drain into the pan/bucket underneath the pipes
- When you locate the debris, you might need some needle-nose pliers to grab the blockage from the pipe
- Re-tighten the pipes when debris is cleared, make sure to rotate turns for EACH of the thumb screws
- Wipe everything dry
Obvious (but important) reminders:
- Resist the urge to use the faucet when the pipes are not connected…it gets messy if you do!
- Check for drips when you are finished.
Leaving the bucket/pan underneath the pipes for a few days can be a good way to watch for any drips without causing damage to the cabinet.
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