My kitchen sinks are clogged and causing my dishwasher to be backed up

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Both kitchen sinks are backed up and causing the dishwasher to be backed up also. I am getting tired of waiting for the maintenance man to show. I have plunged with the toilet plunger for 2 hours with very little success, any ideas on what I can do?
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  • Robyn Rae Robyn Rae on Jan 17, 2016
    yes just get a pan and stick it under your sink where the pipes are and unscrew the pipes. the pan is so the water and junk doesnt get everywhere. It should help get whatevers trapped in there out! Also when you unscrew the pipes from each other you might need to take something long that you can stick in the pipe to make sure nothings stuck in it! I took mine off and sprayed it with simple green and got a thin long handled bottle brush and scrubbed it out..wear gloves its disgusting and will stink but it worked
  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Jan 17, 2016
    You may want to try this first to unclog: Pour a pot of boiling hot water down your drain.Dump in about 1/2 c. baking soda. ... Then, pour a mixture of 1 c. vinegar and 1. ... Cover with a drain plug (to keep the reaction down below the drain surface) if you have one and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.Flush one more time with a pot of boiling water.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Jan 17, 2016
    Get a drain snake.( mke sure it is metal and long enough) Or pour a bucket of water at head level direct into the drain to put the pressure on it. What ever you are doing, You have to totally plug the other sink drain to make this work as they are connected and the clog is below their connector.
  • Em Hooper Em Hooper on Jan 17, 2016
    Have you been pouring fat down the drain? If so, stop doing it. Fat congeals in the line and Liliana has the first fix to try, though i try to get the baking soda down into the pipe by adding water to it, then pour in the vinegar. The boiling water then helps keep the fat from solidifying again in the line after the soda and vinegar do their part. You didn't say if you have a septic system or public sewer. The first takes constant care and a pumping/cleaning out of fats and the softer plush toilet paper, which gobs up the passages in the tank, every two or three years. I haven't had public sewer lines in a long time, but if feminine hygiene products have been flushed, you are most likely in for backhoe or heavy duty shoveling and line cleaning. Call in an expert for cleaning those lines. Good luck......
  • Kay Kay on Jan 17, 2016
    MY MOTHER IN LAWS SINK WAS CLOGGED AN I TOLD MY HUSBAND ABOUT THE BAKING SODA AN VINEGAR MIXTURE.....SHE WAS SURPRISED IT WORKED...WITH IN MINS AND THATS BEEN THREE MONTHS AGO HASNT HAD A PROBLEM SINCE...
  • Renata Renata on Jan 17, 2016
    I had the same prob. Tried all of the above. I ended up having to call a guy that flushes the drain. He does this with a high pressure hose connected to a camera. It shows exactly where the problem is. You will get a print out of your drain, usually on a CD. This was not cheap ($365.) but my drain is completely clear and good to go for another 25yrs. This was after I had paid a plumber $150 that had to come out 5 times n still didn't fix the prob. I do say good luck. The hot water , baking soda n vinegar is good to use every month or so to clear out any grease or slime build up. Another thing on the market that helps if ur near trees n their roots are getting in ur pipes is Root Destroyer . Ibought a 2 lb bottle for $23. It Iis by Rectorseal . rerectorseal.com. Hope this helps.
  • Connie Connie on Jan 18, 2016
    Thank you for all your suggestions, bless y'all for helping a widower!!!
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