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How To Unclog Your Sink

How To Unclog Your Sink
January 20, 2020 skaylor
How to unclog a sink

Nothing will ruin your day faster than a clogged sink. Not only is it inconvenient but it can also lead to bigger problems with your plumbing. Don’t let a clogged sink ruin your day. Here are three easy steps to unclog your sink quickly and get your day back on track.

 

Try A Liquid Plunger

The first step in clearing a clogged sink is with a liquid plunger. While many liquid plungers in the market are made with harsh chemicals that can damage your pipes, there are a few like Royal Flush Drain Cleaner that are both safe to use on all pipes and friendly for the environment. A liquid plumber only requires that you pour the right amount into the clogged sink and wait for it to work its way down and break up the clog. Easy to use and no mess to clean up later. If the liquid plunger doesn’t do the job move on to step 2.

 

Use a Plunger

If your sink drains slowly that could mean it’s a small blockage and not an outright blockage. If that is the case, your plunger is about to come in handy. So dust it off and follow these simple steps.

  • If you only have one plunger for both your sink and toilet, make sure you sanitize it with some soap and water.
  • Before you start with the plunger, clean out the water in the sink if and run hot water to try softening the clog.
  • Once the hot water has had time to work its way down the drain, it’s time to use the plunger. 
  • Fit the plunger snugly over the drain and pump firmly 3-5 times and then move the plunger.
  • Repeat 6-8 times to try and dislodge the clog.

If the clog is persistent, it’s time to try cleaning the P-Trap.

 

Clean the P-Trap

The U-shaped pipe under your sink is called a P-Trap and is the place where most  clogs develop. Cleaning the P-Trap is no easy task and can be very messy. You will need to have the proper tools to remove it without damaging it. 

Here’s how to clean it out: 

  • Take out everything from under the sink to give yourself room to work.
  • Use a low plastic tub to catch any water that will spill out. 
  • Detach the P-Trap from the sink drain first, then from the wall drain.
  • Wash out the P-Trap in a utility sink if you have one or outside with the hose. Make sure to remove all of the grease buildup.
  • Re-install the P-Trap ensuring that there are no leaks.

 

KNOW YOUR LIMITS

It’s important to know when to ask for help. If these tricks aren’t getting the job done,it’s time to call a professional. An experienced plumber has the right tools to make ease of the toughest clogs not to mention years of experience.

 

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

There are three common causes for a clogged sink. Follow these simple steps to avoid them and keep your sink healthy:

 

  • Grease and Oils: At room temperature, grease and oils congeal. Dumping them down the drain will over time lead to buildup. Make sure to wipe off all pots and pans into the trash before washing them.
  • Soap Build-Up: When soap is mixed with water heavy with minerals, it creates soap scum. You see it regularly in your shower as the white substance. In the same way, this soap scum starts to build up layer by layer in your pipes causing a blockage. Try running boiling water down your drain regularly to reduce the build up.
  • Food Scraps: You may have the best garbage disposal on the market, but that won’t stop from small food particles from building up and causing a blockage. Throw the food scraps into the trash to avoid this messy outcome.

 

Expert Tip: Use Royal Flush Drain Cleaner on a monthly basis to help prevent plumbing problems.