Is this a familiar-sounding scenario?
You’re standing at your sink, running your garbage disposal, only to learn that water is starting to back up into both basins of your double (two-sided) sink. The havoc doesn’t stop there as you begin to see scraps of food float up with the backed-up water. The sight of this is troubling, leading to more problems for your plumbing pipes if left unattended for an extended period.
If your kitchen features a double unit sink, you may encounter a situation where both sinks are clogged simultaneously. This usually means that you’ve experienced a buildup where the sinks join below the pipes. The question is, why would double kitchen sink back up into each other?
When your two-sided kitchen sink clogs on either one of the sides, you most likely have a garbage disposal clog and/or a blockage within your main drainage water line.
Most homeowners don’t realize that even though they have a double kitchen sink, both sink bowl drains are connected to the main drainpipe using a piece of pipe called a tee. Water backing up indicates the main sink drainpipe is blocked, with no way for wastewater from both sinks to flow out. As a result, the sink bowl being used will back up through the other sink bowl.
The cause of a clogged drain pipe could be food scraps or any more oversized items that could not go through the line, forcing it to be trapped. This blockage is terrible for your plumbing and can affect your home. Your sink will not function, and you will notice the smell of backed-up food and water.
Kitchen sink clogs can be stressful and add more trouble to your daily routine. One thing you don’t have to stress about is getting the job done right with Gene Wagner Plumbing, recently ranked as one of the top two plumbers in Southeastern Wisconsin by Milwaukee’s A-List. Contact us or call us at 414-541-9217.