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How to unclog a kitchen sink with standing water?

Maintaining a house with perfection is not a simple task. It might seem easy, but not indeed, really. You need to be the jack of all trades to maintain the flow of perfection in every aspect of housekeeping. You have to be thorough and precise so that everything is in order. But it sometimes happens that we get so busy in our buzzing life that we take everything for granted and are unable to understand the impact of anything that goes wrong in household chores until it actually happens. For example, if your kitchen sink gets jammed and you cannot drain the standing water, it would obviously feel to be a nightmare to you. The water is not getting drained, and you have a board full of unwashed utensils to clean and what if it happens at an odd hour to take the phone and call the plumber. Luckily, you have several ways before you seek help from the plumber. Now, let’s get into how to unclog a kitchen sink with standing water and get rid of this dilemma.

How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink with Standing Water?

You can try out some methods that actually work to unclog a sink. Here they are:

Method One

1. Erase all the Debris

Well, it is quite apparent that you have not turned off the water flow as soon as the sink is clogged.  So, your kitchen sink is now full of water and debris. Before you pull up your sleeves to unclog the standing water, you have to clean the waste. A lot of food portions or soaps may have closed the drain. Do not forget to wear kitchen gloves before you put your hand in the dirty water and keep your hands safe. If the congestion was due to this debris, you are lucky adequate to resolve the difficulty. If the problem still prevails, go to the subsequent actions.

2. Remove All the Standing Water from the Sink

Have you cleaned all the waste particles from the drain, but is the water still draining deliberately? You can let the water drain by itself by waiting for an hour, or you can eliminate it by yourself. A bowl or vessel may be beneficial to exclude the standing water from the sink. Now, it is all ready to get into the process. You can apply three ways here.

3. Plunge the Drain

Place the plunger atop the drain, thus the suction cup will generate a vacuity, and then you have to push the handle in and out for some time. This way, you can transfer the blockage towards the plunger. After a while, you will hear no sound in the pipe, and it will indicate that there is no blockage left. Do not get impatient while unclogging the sink with a plunger. It may need time.

4. Remove the P-trap

Now the mystery is what the P-trap is. It is the bent portion of the pipe below the sink. The food particles can sometimes block it. You have to clean the pipe wholly to wash up the drain. Before that, you have to understand the rule of operating channel-type pliers. Do not forget to set a vessel or container under the P-trap as it is about to spill a large amount of water and trash once you exclude it.

5. Use a Drain Snake

Be equipped to use a drain snake as the blockage may also occur farther below the P-trap. You have to drive the end into the pipe and turn the holder. Hence the auger will go down the channel. You have to drive it till you sense any obstruction. Now revolve the device against the resistance so that the head can connect to the blockage. Once it is attached, pull the snake out of the drain. Once the clog is out with the snake, flow hot water for some time so that the pipe is cleaned. 

Method Two

Method One may give you the ultimate result. If you desire to apply some do-it-yourself solutions instead of using the chemical products out there in the market before applying method one, go with these helpful processes.

1. Remove the Blockage

Again, before starting with method two, you have to pick the junks from the drain as they are the primary source of causing the clog. If the issue is solved, luckily, you do not have to go further.

2. Empty the Sink and Prepare 1 cup (180g) of Baking Soda and 1 cup(240mL) of Vinegar

If the blockage still prevails, get the water out of the sink with a cup or vessel and try this handmade solution with your kitchen products. Mix 1 cup (180g) of baking soda with 1 cup (240mL) of vinegar.

3. Pour 1/2 cup (90g) of Baking Soda Down the Drain

Put the baking soda and vinegar mixture into the drain and pour 1/2 cup of baking soda again down the drain. You can employ staff to drive the soda inside the drain.

4. Pour 1/cup (120mL) of Vinegar

After putting the baking soda, pour 1/2 cup of vinegar, and you are about to hear a fizzing sound. Now overlay the drain with a cloth and repeat the steps of draining 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar until the blockage is gone. After a few cycles, wait for some time and run hot water to clean the pipe.

Total Time

Unclogging a kitchen sink with standing water is not a tough task, but you have to be patient as it requires time. When you use a plunger or drain snake, you have to flow hot water for at least 5-10 minutes so that there remains no further blockage. While using the homemade chemical process, after using baking soda and vinegar for several times, you have to wait for thirty minutes before running hot water. The total time of the whole process may vary depending on the method and may take approximately 1-2 hours.


It is better to take precautionary measures if you want to avoid the hassle of the sink getting clogged. And if the issue arises, follow the above steps and know how to unclog a kitchen sink with standing water.



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