The Best Practices: 4 Dos and Don’ts of Unclogging a Sink

By on July 7, 2021
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Whether it’s in your bathroom or kitchen, a clogged sink is a bothersome sight. Grease, food, hair, and other debris may accumulate, blocking the flow of water through the pipes and causing them to drain slowly. While most common clogs are easily resolved, it’s just as easy to make things worse. Before grabbing the plunger or calling a plumber, understand a few of the dos and don’ts of unclogging a sink.

Do: Flush With Hot Water

A common cause of drain clogs is gunk and grease that builds up in the pipes and holds onto food waste, hair, and other debris. With time, these blockages get so big that water can’t get through. While some think that the home warranty cost is excessive, it can be a lifesaver when dealing with a tough clog. Pouring boiling water into a clogged drain may work to break down the built-up grease and release minor blockages. Be careful when using hot water, as there’s always a chance of injury.

Do: Remove the Drain Blockage Safely

If the blockage isn’t too far down the pipe and the clog isn’t major, it may be possible to remove it yourself. There are a few safe ways to remove clogs using common household tools. Plungers, plumbing snakes, and vacuum cleaner nozzles can all help remove clogs quickly, easily, and safely.

Don’t: Use A Chemical Drain Cleaner

Commercially available drain cleaners use harsh chemicals that can be harmful and corrosive to your home’s pipes with time. Additionally, these chemicals aren’t very friendly to the environment (or you). While they can be effective, it’s best to use natural methods to eliminate drain clogs.

Don’t: Ignore It

When things go wrong, whether it’s a strange noise coming from your car or aching muscles after a good night’s sleep, you’ll likely look for an immediate solution. Clogged drains don’t go away on their own, and most clogs are easier to deal with upfront. Ignoring the early signs of a drain clog will only cause it to get worse and it will likely lead to more serious issues later.

Bonus Tip #1: Check the Trap

Almost all sink clogs have origins in the drain trap. One of the simplest ways to remove a drain clog is to remove this curved piece of pipe. Remove excess water and put a container under the drainpipes, because the trap will release water when it’s taken out. Once the drain trap has been removed, it will be easy to remove the clog manually. If the clog is far down the drainpipe, use a snake to pull it out or break it up.

Bonus Tip #2: Don’t Add Water to a Clogged Sink

It’ll only make the problem worse. If the water in the sink won’t drain at all, the biggest mistake you can make is to add more. The extra water pressure won’t push the blockage along, and you’ll only end up bailing out all that water before trying other clog removal methods.

Call for Help When Other Measures Fail

If you’ve taken the right steps to resolve a drainage issue, but nothing has worked, it may be time to call for help. Plumbing professionals have access to advanced tactics and tools, as well as the skills and experience they’ve acquired over the years. When your home’s sinks aren’t draining as they should, count on the warranty services provided by a local plumber. They’ll get things moving again!

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The Best Practices: 4 Dos and Don’ts of Unclogging a Sink