Even when you try to avoid clogging sinks by keeping things like grease, coffee grounds, and hair out of drains, clogs can still happen.
Products like Drano® and other chemical drain cleaners can be an easy way to dissolve clogs, but they can also be dangerous to have around if you have children. Frequent use of caustic chemical drain cleaners can actually damage your plumbing system.
The good news is that, for many clogs, there are some simple solutions that can successfully unclog drains, saving you time and money.
How to Unclog a Sink Drain: 5 Helpful Tips from Plumbing Experts
Using just a few common household tools and supplies, along with some patience and elbow grease, you can remove many mild to moderate clogs. Here are a few of the best do-it-yourself (DIY) methods for clearing sink clogs:
- Plunging – A standard plunger can unclog many sink drains with minimal effort. When plunging sinks, make sure that any overflow openings in the sink are covered with wet rags. Then, cover the sink drain with the plunger, and plunge 5 to 10 times to try to break up the clog. If you have a double sink, make sure that the second drain is covered. And, if your first attempt at plunging fails, run some hot water down the drain, then try again.
- Snaking – If you have a pipe snake, a coat hanger, or a stiff wire, you can try to physically dislodge the clog by feeding the wire down the drain. When using this method, do not force the wire too hard. Also, make sure that you can easily pull it back up whenever necessary.
- Removing the trap – If you have a large set of pliers and access to the underside of the sink, you can remove the P-trap to dislodge a clog in or near it. To do this, simply unscrew the two nuts on either side of the trap, using a bucket underneath to catch any water. Then, use water or a wire to remove any clogs from the pipe. If you don’t find any clogs, try using a wire or snake on either side of the trap to dislodge clogs before or after it.
- Using soap and hot water – If the clog is caused by grease accumulations, pouring dish soap down the drain, followed by a large pot of boiling water, may dissolve the clog. Use about ½ to 1 cup of soap and about a gallon of water, being careful not to burn yourself.
- Using a solution of baking soda, vinegar, and hot water – For more stubborn clogs, a combination of baking soda, vinegar, and hot water may do the trick. Because vinegar is an acid and baking soda is a base, mixing the two will cause a chemical reaction that will create pressure and possibly dislodge the clog. For this method, pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ cup of white vinegar and, then, plenty of hot water.
If none of these methods work, it may be time to call a plumbing expert for help. Experienced plumbers can provide professional drain cleaning services, removing any stubborn clogs without damaging your plumbing system. They can also determine if your drain problems are being caused by something more problematic, like damaged pipes or sewer line clogs.
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