Over the course of day to day use of your sink, a clogged drain is inevitable. There are some simple hacks to try before its necessary to call a plumber.
Plungers should be the first option when you have a clogged or slow-running. Most minor sink clogs can be cleared with a plunger. Plunging creates pressure that forces a clog to move, which allows water to push it through your pipes and out of the way.
Remove any drain stoppers and block any extra openings to create enough pressure to remove the clog while plunging. Once this is done, you should partially fill the sink with water and then start plunging. Be sure to use the plunger several times before quickly pulling it off the drain opening. Then check to see whether the water quickly drains. If not, repeat the plunging process until the clog is removed.
If plunging doesn’t work, you will need to snake the drain. A drain snake is a long metal cable with a coil or auger on the end that helps manually remove blockages from drains. To snake out the drain, you need to remove the sink trap first (watch how to do this at VideoJoeKnows’ YouTube page). Please note, this may require a pipe wrench. The next step is to put the plumber’s snake into the drain until you can feel some resistance and crank the snake handle clockwise while pushing forward until you can push the blockage free.
Flushing a clogged sink drain with a drain cleaner one of the most convenient options; however, it is recommended to avoid commercial flushers containing lye which is hazardous and can corrode your pipes.
A natural alternative can be baking soda and vinegar. eHow recommends to first pour a half-cup of baking soda into the drain and then pour one cup of vinegar into the drain. Allow the drain to sit for 30 minutes. Then carefully pour hot water down the drain.
If these hacks do not work, then it might be time to call in a professional.
Tip: Use WD-40® Multi-Use Product to loosen and penetrate rusted or stuck plumbing joints.
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