Plumbing becoming all stopped up does not happen overnight. It is a slow process with plenty of warning signs along the way the starring attraction being water that is s-l-o-w to drain. You know you are really in trouble when your kitchen sink won’t drain and the bottom of the dishwasher is full of water. What to do then? Call a plumber unless you want to try to fix it yourself first.
If you are going to try to fix it yourself, the first thing you should do is use a wet/dry shop vac to get all the water out of the bottom of the dishwasher. If you skip this step, you are likely to end up with an even bigger mess. If you don’t have a shop vac, this may be your first sign that you are not a DIY-er and you should give us a call to rescue your plumbing, or you from your plumbing.
Next thing to try is a bent wire hanger. First straighten it out and then curve it just a little bit on the end. Remember you want to pull gunk out of the drain, not push it down further. That will not help your cause. If you start pulling out hair, grease, soap scum, etc., and you feel a little grossed out by it, this is your second sign that this may not be the job for you and you should call a professional. But, since you have made it this far, go on and get all the gunk and gook you can out and then turn on the water and see what happens. If it flows, you have solved the problem and can pat yourself on the back for a few days. If it doesn’t, keep trying or call a professional pronto.
There are several other things you can try such as pouring boiling water down the drain or a mixture of baking soda and vinegar chased by boiling water. If you have old pipes that are really clogged up, you need to call the professionals at Carmine’s at 203-791-8089 to solve your plumbing problems for you without creating any new ones.