Five Ways to Unclog A Sink

23 Jan

Five Ways to Unclog A Sink

Dealing with a clogged sink can be very inconvenient, and every homeowner usually encounters the dilemma at some point. A clogged sink can happen for many reasons, but it is usually due to the accumulation of things that go down the drain, such as hair, food, soap scum, and other debris. Fortunately, in most instances, it is not necessary to call a plumber to come fix a drain clog because you can do it yourself. Here are some useful tips for how to easily unclog your sink:

  1. Use a plunger. A toilet plunger and a sink plunger are two different things, so be sure you use the latter. Partially fill the sink with water, place the plunger completely over the drain, and start plunging away. Check to see if the water starts draining and keep repeating the process until it does.
  2. Pour boiling water into the drain. The hot temperature will force hair, soap, and other debris down the pipes and eliminate the clog. Do not do this is you have PVC piping, however, because boiling water can crack porcelain.
  3. Use vinegar and baking soda. Mix one cup of baking soda with one cup of vinegar and pour it down the drain. Wait for about five minutes and then turn on the warm water to push down any remaining residue and ensure that the drain is unclogged.
  4. Use a closet auger or plumbing snake for stubborn clogs. Each has a short drain cable inside a metal tube that is bent at the end. Remove the sink stopper first and then extend the snake cable into the drain. Continue to extend the cable a few inches until you feel the clog. Tighten the snake’s screen and turn the snake handle until the clog has been worked through.
  5. Take preventative measures. Do not throw chunks of food down the sink. Make sure to remove all food from your dishes before placing them in the sink. Avoid pouring oil and grease down your sink as well.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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