Dealing With A Clogged Sink The Right Way


Dealing with a clogged sink can be a frustrating experience and the situation can become much worse very quickly if the wrong actions are taken when trying to correct the problem. There are several different methods that can be used for unclogging a clogged sink and the method that is chosen will depend on the reason that the sink has clogged. Knowing the differences between these methods will help you make the right decision when it comes to unclogging your sink.

The first step that should be taken when dealing with a clogged sink is to determine how badly the sink has clogged. If the water is slowly draining out of the sink, then the pipes to the sink have not been clogged completely and liquids poured into the sink basin will be able to flow through the pipes. If water is not draining out of the sink at all, the pipes to the sink are completely shut off and any liquids that are poured into the sink will sit on the top of the clogged area.

The next step is to determine what may have clogged the sink. There are a number of different products on the market to help clear a clogged drain, but certain products will be ineffective against certain types of clogs. Try to remember how long the problem has been occurring and what may have gone down the drain to cause the clog.

In many cases, it is simple to determine what may have clogged the sink. In most bathroom sinks, the cause of the clog will be a combination of hair and soap scum from washing hands, shaving, and brushing hair over the sink. In kitchen sinks, the most common causes for clogs are food particles, such as potato peelings or coffee grounds, or grease clogs from oil and melted fat being poured down the drain or garbage disposal.

After the items that may have clogged the sink have been identified, it is time to shop for an appropriate product that will remove the clog and not damage the sink or the pipes. A majority of the chemical products made for clearing clogs will list on the back of the bottle what types of clogs the product will work on. If you think that your clog has been caused by something not listed on the back of the bottle of the drain clearing chemical, then that product is probably not the right product to handle your situation.

If chemical methods are not working or the sink is completely clogged and you need the sink pipes to be cleared quickly, you may want to consider using a snaking device to unclog the sink. A snaking device is a long, flexible coil that can be inserted into the drain and pushed through the pipes to unclog the sink by pushing through the clog. The snaking device does not dissolve the clog or cause it to disappear; it merely dislodges the clog from the sides of the pipe so that water pressure can wash it away. Some people believe that a combination of chemicals and a snaking device is the best way to unclog a sink.

If each of these methods for unclogging a sink has failed, then your best course of action may be to call a professional plumber to get the sink unclogged. These professionals have stronger chemicals and highly specialized tools that are designed to quickly fix any plumbing problem. Professional plumbers are expensive, so you may want to explore the inexpensive options listed above before calling in the professionals.

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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