How to Unclog a Sink

Things have an uncanny way of becoming lodged within drains and sinks, but clogs are easy to fix with some well-though-out techniques and a bit of work. Plugging a sink, flushing it with cleanser and snaking a sink are all effective against a stuck drain, and, sometimes, calling an expert plumber to access quality and quick services may be a great choice.

To unclog a sink, fill it up halfway with water. Then, maneuver a plunger into the basin and work it upwards and downwards. Quickly remove the plunger from the drain opening. One drain of a double-bowl sink must be plugged to concentrate pressure upon the clogged area. Stuffing a wet rag within the unclogged portion works well for such tactics, but, if plunging doesn’t work, you’ll need to snake the drain out.

To snake a drain, remove the sink’s trap. This may require the use of a pipe wrench. Then, make sure all water is removed from the trap, and direct it into an empty bucket. Examine the trap for any clogs, and remove any located clogs. Then, remove the sink’s arm from the trap protruding from the pipe’s wall extension. Feed the plumbing snake into the area, and wiggle it around until resistance is felt. Remove approximately 20 inches of cable, and tighten the snake’s lock screw. Crank the handle clockwise, and apply forward pressure upon the snake until the blocking area is cleared.

If, however, the snake becomes stuck, yank it counter-clockwise and pull the mechanism towards you. Once the mechanism is freed, continue snaking the drain. Finally, replace the sink’s trap arm, and replace the trap once the clog is removed. Turn on hot water, and examine the sink’s draining capabilities. If the sink doesn’t drain, dill it with hot water and re-apply the plunger to remove excess clogs. The, use hot water again and repeat the above steps, if necessary.

Without a snake, a wire may be utilized to remove and push out clogs, and straight-wired items, like coat hangers, are ideal for such purposes. Additionally, commercial products may be used to remove clogs. These materials are often used by professionals to deliver quality cleanings, and they contain lye to remove grime from pipes. Baking soda, too, may be used to remove stains and clogs, as can peroxide and vinegar. Let the solution sit for about half an hour before cleaning.