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Help, kitchen sink problems..

Old 07-05-06, 11:05 AM
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Help, kitchen sink problems..

OK so the guy that built my house did things pretty half-assed, so I am sure this is probably one of them.

So I have a double sink setup in the kitchen. On side (A) has a garbage disposal, the other side (B) has the trap and drain.

The set-up is the dishwasher drains into the disposal, which in turn tees into the drain of B before the trap.

Now sometimes when I run the disposal, or dishwasher, "stuff" backs into sink B.

I don't know whether I just need to dump some Draino into the drain of B, hopefully clearing out whatever is blocing the route, or if I need to snake it, or bring in a plumber.

Do kitchen sinks usually only have 1 drain? I am hoping fixing this problem will also help aleviate the sink funk that sometimes developes as well.
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Old 07-05-06, 11:35 AM
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As far as I know it is always one main drain it all connects into.

I had a plumber at my house on Monday and I wanted a home run drain for the dishwasher and he basically refused. Told me you tie it into the sink drain.
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Old 07-05-06, 12:13 PM
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Yep, that sounds right.
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Old 07-05-06, 12:21 PM
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your sink is slightly clogged then.

might need a snake to clean things out.
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Old 07-05-06, 01:12 PM
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Better yet, remove the trap with a pipe wrench (keep a bucket underneath!). You can clean it out much better that way. Drano and snakes are ok if the trap is inaccessible, but it's always better to remove and directly clean out the trap.
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