Home plumbing issues can be a handful, especially in the kitchen. If you are experiencing issues with your kitchen sink not draining, draining slowly, or giving off an odor, it may be time to see what’s happening. Here are a few steps the experts at Affordable Service suggest you take to resolve your plumbing issue.

Use Boiling Water to Dislodge the Clog: Measure out a half gallon of water and bring it to a rolling boil in a pot on high heat. Remove any standing water from the sink. Carefully remove the heated water from the stove and slowly pour it down the sink drain. Repeat these steps a few times if this does not initially release the clog.

Plunge the Kitchen Sink: When it comes to a clogged sink, always try plunging it first. Make sure to remove any excess standing water beforehand. Small clogs can often be fixed with a small cup plunger. It is important to ensure the sink contains enough fresh water to submerge the head of the plunger. If plunging does not work, there are a few other methods to try before calling in the professionals.

Check the Garbage Disposal: Turn on the garbage disposal to make sure it is running properly. If you encounter any issues or it does not turn on, activate the reset switch underneath the sink and recheck it.

Household Drainage Cleaners: Although household drainage cleaners seem easy to use, they are not the best option for a clogged kitchen sink. Chemicals like Drano can be useful in some cases but can cause more harm than good when it comes to the kitchen sink and garbage disposal. Before using these types of chemicals, it is advised to test out other options first.

As you can see, you can take many easy steps at home to fix a backed-up kitchen sink. If you don’t have any luck, or the clog seems to get worse, reach out to the licensed professionals at Affordable Service in Rio Rancho. We are available 24/7 for your plumbing emergencies and have been serving Rio Rancho, Albuquerque, and the metro since 1986!