At Trouble Shooters we get frequent emergency calls where a customer’s kitchen sink is either gurgling or just will not drain anymore. Since the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a residence, we are never surprised by the amount of emergency calls we get.
Why the kitchen sink is clogged
Simply put this sink is one of the most used and abused fixtures in your home. Food is constantly being tossed down. Grease is being rinsed down. Different soaps and chemicals are washed down. All of which overtime start to stick to the walls of your pipes causing the water to try to flow through a narrower and narrower opening. One day, maybe after a big meal and lots of dishes, it finally clogs for good.
Warning signs you have a problem coming
Key early warning signs are gurgling in your drain and slow to drain water. If you notice that it takes a really long time for even very hot water to drain, you might have a clog starting to form. Ignoring the early warning will ultimately lead to a clog. Be proactive and clean your drain often.
Emergency early stages & what you can do
In the early stages of a drain clog there are a few things you can try yourself before calling a professional.
try using a plunger to dislodge stubborn particles
carefully remove and clean the P-trap (the U shaped pipe) under the sink
using a combination of baking soda, vinegar and boiling water; alternate to attempt washing away the clog
Whatever you try to unclog your sink, please do not use any chemical drain cleaners. Beyond the simple fact that they are not environmentally friendly, they also kill any helpful bacteria living in your drain. They can also cause long term damage to piping and produce harmful fumes.
When to call a professional
If you have tried several of the above methods for unclogging your kitchen sink and are still experiencing gurgling or no drainage its time to call a professional.
At Trouble Shooters we have helped thousands of Toronto customers unclog their kitchen sinks. We are truly experts at it. If you are looking to escape your emergency situation or want to have someone come out to investigate call us today at 416-291-9444.