Kitchen Sink - One Side Clogged

Updated on April 26, 2012
L.L. asks from Allen, TX
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My kitchen sink is clogged on one side. The other side with garbage disposal works fine. Any tips or suggestions on fixing this?

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Thanks everyone for your great suggestions. I had the am munitions ready..(bought a plunger, baking soda and vinegar, boiled two pots of hot water). I started with the plunger... bingo... it worked like a charm. Thanks again!!!

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answers from Lakeland on

Put the drain plug in the working side and use a plunger on the other side. DO NOT MIX so many chemicals like another poster suggested unless you want to drop dead from the fumes.

Pick one chemical drain opener or try white vinegar with baking soda and a snake (a wire hanger will work to push through the clog).

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answers from Appleton on

Pour 1 cup baking soda down sink -- follow with one cup vinegar

it will foam like crazy --- let sit 15 minutes then pour a tea kettle of boiling water down the drain

If it doesn't work repeat baking soda and vinegar and let it sit longer---even overnight.

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answers from Kansas City on

Use a (clean!) plunger. My neighbor did work in apts and it always worked for him and us.

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answers from Chicago on

My kitchen sink periodically gets clogged. What works for me is to cover the garbage disposal side with the sink stopper, and for the clogged side I use a plunger. I have to press down very firmly on the stopper so that it doesn't pop back out again while I am plunging the clogged side. Hopefully you have a small plunger, other than the toilet plunger, but if not, just be sure to disinfect the sink very thoroughly when you are finished.

Hope it helps!

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answers from Pittsburgh on

cheapest way, go the 99 cent store and buy a new plunger, use it on your sink and you will save tons of money works like wonders for me everytime

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answers from Pittsburgh on

Have you tried a liquid drain opener?

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answers from Cleveland on

Boil a couple big pots of water, and slowly run the water down BOTH sides. We've had this happen a couple times, and that always does the trick :)

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answers from San Antonio on

get the toilet plunger in the clogged side

(sure a clean plunger would work better - i just read answers below - but who has a clean plunger in their house??)

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answers from Buffalo on

Use a mixture of Drain-O crystals, liquid Drain-O, Commet, and DishSoap. Rinse down (or into) drain with cool/warm water. If that doesn't start bubbling, then go with the plunger and try it little by little... be sure to check your other sinks!! in my house the laundry and kitchen drains are connected so when one is plugged and seems to be being fixed, it just bubbles up in the other sink

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answers from San Francisco on

I also suggest the plunger! That's how I fixed my clogged sink.

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answers from Washington DC on

definitely do the boiled water trick - works like a charm!

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answers from Redding on

something is stuck in there.
Use a plunger, make sure you hold something down on the drain on the other side to stop the water from spurting out.
If a plunger doesnt work, boil some water in a large pot and then hold it high and poor it straight into the drain of the clogged side. Hot water also works really well in clogged toilets provided it's not during winter and the porcelain is super cold..... but that's a whole nother story :) I'm not sure what's up with your plumbing, because I have a garbage disposal and there's only one pipe sharing. Your clog has to be from the pipe that leaves the sink and enters the disposal. It's probably grease.

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