How to unblock a sink

If your pelvis is clogged, you’ll know it sooner rather than later. The signs are clear: water draining very slowly, or even standing still. You’re washing a few dishes, and suddenly you’re staring at a soapy, filthy pool. Or the bathtub is half full, an hour after you get out of the shower.

Now, what do you do about it?

While a clogged tub is certainly annoying, it doesn’t always require spending $200 on a plumber (homeAdvisor’s national average cost). Learning how to unclog a sink may help you solve the problem on your own.

Here are some ways to solve a clogged sink – worth a try before calling the professionals.

What causes clogged drains?

When the water is not draining as it should, it is possible that there is a blockage somewhere in the pipes. Along with seeing standing water, pay attention to smells: If you notice a foul smell coming from your drain, a complete blockage may be around the corner.

Consider the most likely cause of a blockage before choosing how to treat it. This will suggest the best way to deal with it. Here are some of the more common causes of a blocked drain:

  • Poetry: A common culprit in bathroom sinks, showers and bathtubs.
  • soap: Soap contains more oil and grease than you might realize. Scum can build up in a poop and cause a blockage.
  • food: The curse of kitchen sinks. When you wash the dishes, even small particles can get stuck in the drain and cause a problem.
  • Paper Towels/Cotton Pads: It is usually a problem for toilets, because of their thickness. This is why the only things you should throw away are called toilet paper.

How to open the aquarium yourself

In some mild cases, a drain cleaning fluid (such as Drano or Liquid Plumr) will clear a sink blockage. It contains chemical agents that generate heat and gases that dissolve many blockages, including those caused by hair scum and soap. However, these factors can also damage the tubes in the long run. Since your drain cleaner targets anything that gets in its way, it will also swallow up inside the pipes.

An occasional use of a commercial drain cleaner may not cause any problems – but if you use it too often, the toxic chemicals will take their toll. PVC pipes are especially at risk of damage to the drain cleaner. Try this solution once but continue quickly if the blockage persists. With old pipes, you may want to skip the drain cleaner altogether.

If you have a slow-moving or clogged drain, these DIY fixes may come in handy.

1. Try hot soapy water

When you’re working with a slow-moving strainer, a simple solution of hot water and liquid dishwashing soap may clear up the blockage. This method is useful when grease or grease is the cause of the wastewater discharge; Dishwashing liquid designed to break up grease. First pour up to 1 cup of dish soap down the drain and then follow it up with very hot water. Do not attempt to do this if the drain is fully supported, as the soap will not be able to move down the pipes.

2. Piston fracture

You are used to using a plunger in your toilet. You may want to keep a smaller sink on hand for your sink. If small piles of food or other obstruction get stuck in the trap just under the sink, the sinking may create enough suction to push it through.

Before trying this method, you’ll want to get most of the water out of the aquarium. But don’t do this if you’ve already poured a chemical agent into the tub to clear the blockage. This may cause the chemicals to splash and land on your skin. Immersion may be best if you have one thing that is clogging the drain, such as a paper towel or a piece of food.

3. Exchange your snake

A drain snake is a long wire or thin piece of plastic with a hook at the end of it. AKA auger, the snake may also have several hooks or cutouts along the side. Remove the drain plug or strainer and feed the snake down the drain. When you reach resistance, slowly pull the snake back. The hooks will pick up any hair or debris that may be clogging the tube. Be careful not to push the auger too hard, though. This could inadvertently push a larger blockage down the tubes.

Snakes are most effective if you suspect a hair blockage.

4. Open the trap

The sink trap is the part of the “P” or “S” shaped tube just below the sink. This is where the majority of clogs occur. If other methods fail, you can loosen the connectors on the bent tube to remove part of the trap. put a bucket under the trap before removing a piece of the pipe; It may drop any of its contents. You can also use a snake from this angle to take out an obstacle.

When do you call a plumber?

When chemical methods, slipping, immersion, and trap loosening don’t work, it’s time to call a plumber. If you suspect that the problem is external, such as a tree root growing through a tube and causing a back-up, you will also need professional help.

Or, if the signs start and you learn that something important recently went down the drain (your husband admits that some chicken bones fell into it), stop using the sink immediately and seek help. It may do more harm than good if a major blockage is present.

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