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Slow Draining Sinks

If your sink drains are chronically slow and you live in an older house, the problem may be an accumulation of sludge in the lines. No amount of plunging and chemicals is going to fix this. What's needed is to climb up onto the roof of your house with a metal snake (preferably one with a business end looking a bit like a ballpeen hammer) and ram that snake down each of the drain lines, entering through the vent stacks, with a fair amount of force. It may require 50 or 100 motions for each stack. A licensed plumber will charge you about US$250 or, you can venture it yourself. You should also snake out any drain clean-outs you can find at ground level.Note: Climbing onto your roof can be very dangerous, better to get someone else to do it, - preferably someone with good experience. - ED

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What would cause a gurgling sound at the kitchen sink when no water is running anywhere in the house?

the waste disposal system for your house was installed by a person who was not competent to do the job and didn't make allowances for sufficient air pipes in the system or placed them on the wrong side of the traps
I would have an engineer inspect the installation to pin point the problem so that what you have doesn't occur and if it is installed contrary to plan and engineering requirements seek legal redress from the plumber that did the job

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how do you unclog bathroom sink for pfister catalina

The best way to remove a clog is to physically remove it rather than using Draino, lye, etc. Here's two ways. The first way is better
1) look under the sink for the drain pipe. There should be a "P-Trap", a curved pipe shaped like a P turned on its side. If it is white plastic you can unscrew by hand or with wrench/ channel locks. Unscrew it and look in and get the stuff out. Then put it back, making sure to go just hand tight. If its chrome, same as above but use wrench

2) if going under sink is a little freaky for you, then get one of those As Seen on TV clog removers for sinks. Its a long piece with barbs that catch hair, etc. The problem is you have to remove your popup before you use that thing. Thats done by unscrewing connection underneath.

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When my dishwasher drains both sides of sink fill with water...then they both eventually drain back into the dishwasher.

Sounds like your sink drain trap or line is clogged. When the dishwasher drains, the sink drain can't keep up, the water backs up, then backs down the dishwasher drain line into the dishwasher. You may not notice the slow line when you run a little water into the sink, but with the amount of water coming from the dishwasher the problem is worse. You can try taking off the trap under the sink and making sure it's clear. If the problem is farther down the drain line, you can try snaking it yourself, or call a plumber. I don't recommend using Liquid Plumr or Drano because if those don't work, they leave the line full of caustic chemicals for the next person who works on it. That can be dangeerous.

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when water drains it fills the side sink. i ran a hose to make sure there was no clog went right thru

You side sink can drain only so fast. Washing machines tend to empty faster than some plumbing can accommodate - hence the use of a sink.
You still might just have a slow clog.
Sometimes you can open the p-trap below the sink and empty it with a bucket - sand tends to accumulate in these traps.
You may also want to use a liquid drano on your sink line.

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