Kitchen sink clogs are among the most upsetting plumbing problems some NYC homeowners experience. “It always happens when I am in the middle of a busy day and have no time to deal with any problems,” Jeannie explains. “You run around all day, work, the kids, and then you want to make some dinner – the sink’s backed up. So out comes the plunger, and you’ve got mess around with the drain, and maybe, if you’re lucky, after a half hour of this mess, you can finally start getting ready to make some dinner. Why does this keep happening – and how do I make it stop?”
Kitchen sink clogs may be upsetting, but they’re not mysterious. As plumbers in New York City, we deal with clogged kitchen sinks regularly – both in the home kitchen, and in restaurants, hospitality, and health care facilities.
There are two common causes you need to know about. In some instances, and this has been the experience of many new homeowners, the original plumbing installation for the kitchen sink wasn’t done properly. We’ve definitely seen some non-standard installations that couldn’t help but cause clogging issues. Correcting the installation generally addresses the problem.
In other instances, the plumbing is correct. The issue behind the clog is inside the pipes, where food, grease, dirt, hair and other materials have accumulated to the point where it becomes impossible to drain the sink. This can be a gradually process – you may notice your kitchen sink beginning to drain more slowly over the course of time – or it can happen all at once. Some foods are more prone to causing clogs than others – pumpkin, grease, and so on – which is why some families experience clogs more than others. Drain cleaning is a service plumbers in NYC perform that alleviates the drain clogging issue by removing accumulated materials from the inside of your sink pipes. Most households need drain cleaning performed every couple of years to keep things running smoothly.