Why is My Double Kitchen Sink Backing Up to the Other Side?

When your double kitchen sink clogs on one or both sides, you likely either have a clog in your garbage disposal and/or a blockage within your main drainage water line.

Wondering what to do next? Here are some home remedies you may want to try on your own.

Try a Plunger

In a double sink configuration, one side houses the garbage disposal. Plunge this side first by applying the plunger to the clogged sink hole – making sure to completely cover it. Be sure to close off the drain on the other side to keep from creating a mess!  Keep the plunger in an upright position and pump it hard 10 to 15 times. This should clear any of the food remains in the sink. Next, repeat this process on the opposite side. Cover the other sink hole and plunge the drain. Then, run hot water down both drains for a minimum of five minutes each to make certain they are clear. If they don’t clear, plunge both again. If this doesn’t work, the clog is likely too far down in your main water drainage line for plunging to work.

No Plunger? Try This

You can also try unclogging your kitchen sink with a solution of vinegar and baking soda. First, bail out any standing water in your sink. Then, pour one cup of baking soda down each drain, followed by one cup of vinegar down each drain. Wait five minutes and run hot water down each drain to clear it of the solution.  Avoid using chemical drain cleaners, especially if you are on septic as they damage the biology inside the septic tank.

No Baking Soda or Vinegar? Try Salt

Another way to clear a clogged double kitchen sink is to use a salt and boiling water solution. First, remove the standing water from the sink. Then pour a half cup of salt down both drains, followed by boiling water. Wait five minutes and run hot water down the drain to clear it of the solution.

Preventing Clogged Drains

Because clogged drains are such a common problem, it’s generally not a surprise when they happen – usually at the most inconvenient moments. What may be surprising is that there are a number of things you can do to avoid having clogged drains in your home that can lead to more serious plumbing problems. Learn more about preventing drain clogs here https://www.flohawks.com/blog/tips-to-prevent-clogged-drains/

Is your kitchen sink still backing up? FloHawks can help!

If you have tried some of these home remedies without any luck, don’t wait a moment longer, call your local plumbing professionals at FloHawks today. FloHawks has trusted and certified plumbing professionals who understand that clogged drains and other plumbing problems can often present a challenge that should be handled quickly and professionally.

Give us a call anytime at 1-800-356-4295 or use our convenient Schedule Your Service tool, which allows you to set an appointment that fits your schedule.