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How To Unclog A Sink Effectively

how-to-unclog-a-sinkHave you ever experienced cleaning up after a meal only to discover that your sink won’t drain at all? That must have been horrible! We all hate clogged drains and yet we can’t escape their wrath. It’s just one of those plumbing emergencies that arise when we least expect it to. So if you ever discover a clogged kitchen sink in your home, here are some methods that may help!

I. The Plunger

The plunger wouldn’t be an iconic symbol of the plumbing industry for nothing. It’s the most popular way to deal with drain clogs so having one at home is undoubtedly advantageous. To use a plunger, ensure that the affected sink is partially filled with water. If there are solid particles floating around, make sure to scoop them up and transfer to a garbage bin for proper disposal. Once you’re done, position the rubber head of the plunger right on top of the kitchen drain.  Plunge up and down, maintaining a fast and consistent pace. After about 15 to 20 repetitions, remove the plunger from the sink and check if the clog has been eradicated. Otherwise, plunge again. If the clog is somehow sticky, move on to the next method.

II. Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar is quite popular, right?! They are indeed very useful for a lot of things, even for cleaning. What you have to do is remove get a cup of baking soda and pour it into the drain. After that, pour a cup of white vinegar into the drain and plug the drain hole with an old cloth or towel. Leave the sink alone until you don’t hear any fizzing sound from the drain pipe anymore. Remove the old cloth or towel from the sink and pour hot water into the drain. This should wash away the remaining particles out of the pipe.

homemade-drain-cleanerIII. The Plumbing Snake

If the methods above don’t work, you can try to dislodge the clog with the help of a plumbing snake or auger. Get a bucket and place it under the drain pipe. This should catch water and other particles trapped inside the pipe. Afterward, get a wrench and detach the trap which is the curved pipe that dips below the vertical and horizontal pipes. Empty the content of the trap into the bucket and check it for clogs. Clean and remove the particles inside to clear the trap. Insert the plumbing snake into the horizontal pipe where the trap was once connected to. Turn the crank of the snake clockwise to push it in. Keep on turning the crank until you feel some kind of resistance. Break through the clog and when you feel no obstruction anymore, turn the crank counterclockwise and carefully pull the snake out. Make sure that the trap is clean before you reconnect it. Turn the faucet on and test if the sink will already drain properly.

Bonus Tips:

1. Make sure that you’ll use the right type of plunger for your sink. There are three different types of plunger and they are:

* The Cup Plunger – used mainly for sinks and tubs

* The Flange Plunger – has a flange which makes it the perfect tool for unclogging toilets

* The Accordion Plunger – can also be used for toilets. The only difference is that it is designed differently. Instead of a flange, its head is made up of accordion-style ridges with a small cup at the bottom.

2. Before using baking soda and vinegar, make sure that you’ll protect your hands Wear a pair of high-quality gloves so that the solution won’t get in contact with your skin. The rubber gloves will also protect you from bacteria that may be present from the drain.

We hope that you learned how to unclog a sink effectively through our blog today. If you know other solutions, feel free to comment them below!

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