How to deal with Clogged Sinks Properly

Home owners have, at some point or another, had to deal with clogged sinks. Grease and soap usually clog sinks by clinging to the sides of the drain pipe and accumulating over time. The first (and most important) sign of a clog is the slow draining of water. This eventually worsens to the point that the drain pipe becomes completely blocked, preventing any water from going through.

For completely clogged sink drains, you may need to spend a good amount of money to hire a plumber who is skilled enough to deal with this issue. However, you can save this money for other priorities or for worse plumbing problems. How? All you need to do is to follow the steps in dealing with clogged sinks at home.

The first thing that you need to do is to determine if only one sink is having a problem. If other sinks, toilets, or bathroom drains are also unable to drain water properly, the problem may be in your main sewer drainage line. If you suspect this to be the case, get help from a skilled plumber in your community right away.

If you can see the clog on the drain, you are lucky. Just take out the drain stopper from your sink and remove the grease, hair, or soap using your fingers. You can also run hot water down the drain for two to five minutes to flush the clog out.

Pouring hot water may help dissolve that nasty clog, but in a few cases, especially for sinks with drain pipes made of metal, you may need to pour boiling water—instead of just hot water—down it so the clog completely melts away. Remember that metal, being a great conductor of heat, can become cold or hot depending on the season and the weather outside. Take advantage of this.

A plunger, specifically one intended for use in sinks, also helps dislodge the clogs in your drains. Do not use flange and ball plumbers as they are mainly intended for use in toilets and, therefore, do not work that well in sinks. In addition, used toilet plungers at home are most likely filled with harmful micro-organisms, which could transfer to the sink, and, eventually, the dishes and your hands.

If your sink is inside the bathroom, you have to seal the overflow outlet of the sink using a wet wash cloth or duct tape before using a plunger. Fill half the sink with water and press down the plunger over the drain to form a seal before pulling it up sharply. Repeat until you have successfully dislodged the clog.