My kitchen sink has been draining slowly for the past few days, and
almost overflowed while running my built in dishwasher this afternoon.
After that, the water was either not draining at all, or very very
I tried using a plunger on the drain, and now there is water leaking
from under my dishwasher into my basement.
I'm hoping to avoid the expense of calling a plumber, does anyone have
any ideas on what I should try now?
This one requires paper and a calculator.
Compare the expense of calling a plumber with the expense of repairing
If you are unwilling to call a plumber, there's a trap under your
sink. It's that bit of piping that swoops down low then comes back up
again and disappears into the wall or the floor. Its purpose is to
keep you from smelling sewage fumes from your drain. It's also a
great place for ick to accumulate.
Get a bucket. Put it under the trap. Loosen the nuts on both sides
of that drain trap with a wrench. There will be water in the trap
(that water is what separates your sewer line from smelling up your
living space). Seal up the outlet line temporarily so you don't have
to smell the sewer gasses. Clean the nastiness out of the trap. Put
it back in place.
Then try to figure out how/what you goofed up with the plunger on your
dishwasher's outlet hose.
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