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Unclogging a Sink Drain

Here are easy-to-follow instructions on how to unstop your kitchen or bathroom sink drains.

Read these instructions carefully before tackling this job on your own, and see below to learn how Your 1 Plumber can help.

Unclogging Moderately Clogged Drains

  • If you have a moderately clogged drain, try this homemade drain cleaner: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar. Be careful. The two ingredients interact with foaming and fumes, so replace the drain cover loosely. Let the concoction set for about three hours before running water.
  • If you know the slow drain is from grease, try this treatment: Pour in 1/2 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of baking soda followed by a teakettle of boiling water. Allow to sit overnight.

Alternative Approach for Moderately Clogged Drains

  • If the drain is sluggish but not completely clogged, turn on the hot water tap for 5 to 10 minutes. This sometimes opens the drain.
  • If running hot water does not open the sluggish drain, try an environmentally safe chemical drain opener like Bio-Clean.  It’s a powder that mixes with water, and can only be obtained from quality plumbing companies like Your 1 Plumber.  Before using Bio-Clean, read the label and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • After using any chemical cleaner, flush it from the drain pipes by allowing hot water to run for at least 10 minutes.

Unclogging Completely Clogged Drains

  • In some cases, using a simple suction cup will open a clogged sink drain.
  • Remove the basket strainer from the drain.
  • Run hot water until it stands about 2″ deep in the sink.
  • Take a suction cup plunger and pump it up and down directly over the clogged drain. The water in the sink provides a seal. If the suction cup does not clear the drain in a few minutes, you will probably be forced to remove some of the pipes to get the job done
  • If you cannot open the drain with the suction cup, set a pail underneath the sink trap and remove  the cleanout plug and washer. If the drain is only slightly clogged, a few quick probes with a screwdriver may solve the problem.
  • If the screwdriver doesn’t open it, use a snake or drain auger through the pipe. A drain auger works best if you rotate it, feed it in a short distance, and then rotate it again. This enables the drain auger to be inserted deeply into the pipe.
  • After the drain pipe is opened, replace the cleanout plug and washer. Run scalding water through the pipe to carry away any accumulations.

Need a Little Friendly Assistance?

If you have trouble with any part of this process, give us a call and if we’re not immediately available to assist you, one of our technicians will return your call at the very first opportunity.

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