Fix a Clogged Kitchen Sink

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)                             


  • 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:

  1. Resist the urge to use the faucet when the pipes are not connected…it gets messy if you do!  
  2. 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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