How to Unclog a Sink

How to Unclog a Sink

The moment your sink starts backing up, it’s easy to feel frustrated. With everything you have to do during the day, unclogging your sink probably wasn’t something you looked forward to doing.

It’s also a challenge because the clog may be deeper down the pipes than you first realized, leading to a second attempt to fish out the clog later on.

Don’t let a clogged sink get in the way of having a good day. Instead, try these easy methods that will help you unclog your sink. You can try each of these out before ever calling a plumber.

1. Pour Boiling Water

Depending on the location of the sink, it could be clogged with different things. Kitchen sinks mostly get stopped up by food particles that have been rinsed out, and a bathroom sink could be full of hair.

An easy solution could be found in just a few minutes. Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Then carefully pour the boiling water into the clogged drain.

The heat from the water will break up anything that’s dried or solidified in the pipes, while also washing away bacteria.

Be careful if you try this method. Pouring slowly will prevent the boiling water from splashing back up on you and keep you from getting burned.

2. Combine Vinegar and Baking Soda

Another easy and homemade solution is to combine vinegar and baking soda. Pour boiling water down the clogged drain and let it empty completely.

Then combine equal parts water and vinegar, along with a cup of baking soda. Pour this down the drain and let it sit for ten minutes. Afterward, pour more boiling water down the drain to flush out the clog.

This is slightly more effective on tough clogs than just boiling water because of the acid in the vinegar and the sodium bicarbonate in the baking soda form tons of bubbles that break up the clog from the inside.

3. Invest in Drain Chemicals

Major clogs that can’t be taken care of with homemade solutions may need to be handled by drain chemicals. Go to your local hardware store or supermarket to find drain cleaners that will take care of the issue quickly and easily.

One thing to note is that if you decide to flush your drain with drain cleaners, you may need to wear protective gloves. Gloves are needed to keep your skin from burning on contact with the chemicals, so it’s good to have them if you need a powerful drain cleaner.

4. Clean the P-Trap

A common way people remove drain clogs is by cleaning out their sink’s p-trap. The p-trap is the curve at the bottom of the drainpipe in your sink.

Place a bucket under this pipe to catch any water that’s sitting in there when you unfasten it. Cleaning the small pipe is quick and then you can reattach it.

Explore Different Methods

Your first attempt at unclogging your sink may not be successful if you’re dealing with a heavy-duty clog. Knowing all your options will help you explore the different methods of unclogging sinks, so you can get to the bottom of the issue and get rid of the backup in no time.

Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington

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