Why does my sink gurgle and drain slowly????
I have a two sink set-up in my new kitchen. When I run water in either one and then shut it off, it makes a gurgling sound in the drain for quite awhile. When one sink is full and I pull the plug, it fills the other sink with its used water as it drains. Do I just need to clean a clog in the drain or is there something not right about the way the plumbing is set up? The house seems to have many DIY issues from past owners.
- It is clogged.Try some liquid plumber.
- The two sinks share a drain so it's not unusual to see water from one come up in the other. You probably just have a clogged drain. Try some drain opener and/or plunge the drain. That may be all it needs.
- sounds like a clog try red devil or drano and a plunger
- Get some "Liquid Fire" and pour in it. Follow the instructions carefully and rinse thoroughly afterward. Do not use Draino; it will make it clog worse.
- Yes, I agree it's clogged but before you buy or try drain opener, first try pouring some baking soda down the drain and then and some vinegar, any kind but plain white is cheapest. This will work with some less tough clogs and is much better for the environment and for you. Repeat this a few times and then run some hot water. If it still doesn't work then try the drain cleaner.
- my kitchen sink does that sometimes. i use draino or liquid plumber to fix that problem.
- We had a similar problem a few years ago, and my dad used this plumbing thing that he attached to the hose, which he pulled inside, and then it filled with water and expanded, making the sink drain the water better.
- I would check the plumbing. It seems like the pipes might me crossed or something. Whatever you do, dont try to fix it yourself. That is probably the reason it is acting up. Not neccessarly you, but the previous owner. Or you can try draino. It defintely sounds like a pipe problem so i would have a professional plumber check it out.
- It is probably clogged, and it is backflowing into the other sink because they are connected to the same pipe somewhere down the line. (Picture a Y-shaped pipe, with one "arm" extending to each sink.) The bottom of the "Y" is probably what is clogged, so the water takes the next best route into the other sink, because that other pipe isn't clogged. You can buy several good drain cleaning products, but make sure you follow the instructions carefully. If nothing you try works, call a plumber.
- First, try to work on the clog question. Get a plumber's auger or snake and try to unclog the drain. If that doesn't work, have all your plumbing inspected by a licensed plumber. It's possible the DIYers didn't DI right. Please don't use any caustic chemicals in trying to work on your drain. I and the environment thank you. Good luck.
- Most likely it's clogged. Try using a liquid drain cleaner, leave it in for 15-30 minutes (depending on how bad the clog is) and use a plunger a few times. Test the drain with some hot water and see if it helps. If not, you'll need a snake machine to dig out the clog which is best left to a professional. Most kitchen sink clogs are caused by congested food scraps so it's generally easier to clean with acidic drain liquids and plungers unlike bathroom clogs which are usually caused by hair in which case you'll always need a snake.
- Since water from one sink will back up into the other, it is your P-trap that is giving you the problem. Have handy hubby get down there and remove it and clean it. Make sure he replaces the washers. Also, while he is down there make sure he checks and sees that the drain outlet is either level or sloping toward the wall. Sometimes, if your plumbing is older, the pipes will slide down a little bit from the sinks, they don't leak but they do make it so the P-trap will not empty as much as it should and will cause the water to drain slowly. The gurgling is because no air is being allowed into the pipe as it drains. If the above does not give you a complete fix try cleaning out your vent pipes on the roof. Sometimes birds will build nests in them.
- The "gurgling" sound is made when the sink is draining? This is caused when a vent pipe or in line air vent is clogged. I live in Florida and codes allow for the usage of in line vents which are tiny PVC fittings that allow air to be sucked into the line when water is draining (same thing a vent through the roof does). Check to see which you have and either clear blockage in roof vent or install new in line vent. I believe the reason the other sink is filling is due to the same problem. Good luck.
- Hello, Chances are is that you may have a clog, but, it really appears that there is a "venting" concern caused by improper modifications by possibly a previous owner. When water is let into a drain pipe, unless the air, in front, of the water has someplace to go, it will compress, thereby slowing down the flow of water, or even stopping it, until such air is able to vent itself. A "reverse" example can also happen if there is no venting available to allow a drain pipe to fill with air behind the water, when water is released. A vacuum is created until air can be drawn into the pipe. An example could be like when you flush the toilet, if there is insufficient air available, it will pull the water right out of the nearest sink drain "p" trap. That's why the main sewer vent is located near the installed toilet. Hope this helps some, I'm starting to ramble, Dave
- Sounds like it wasn't vented