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Unclogging Your Sink: 3 Tips

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Periodic clogs in the sink are quite common, caused by things that vary from hair to soap scum, grease or oil. Clogs can also be the result of more serious issues deep in the pipes or the sewer line. Unclogging your sink isn’t always going to be easy, but you can start by trying the following 3 tips for uncomplicated clogs.

Start by Using a Plunger

Always start by using a plunger because most minor clogs can be cleared with one. Plungers produce pressure within the plumbing system and force out debris and residue from within the pipes.

• Remove most of the standing water in the sink before proceeding, leaving enough to immerse the plunger head.
• Place the cup section of the plunger head over the drain opening.
• Hold a seal and plunge rapidly up and down. Keep the plunger under the water and lift an inch or two on each upstroke.

NOTE: If using the plunger clears the clog, run boiling water down the drain to remove any residual grease or oil that may have collected over time.

Baking Soda

Using a baking soda mixture is a natural way to clear clogs and is easier on the pipes when compared to toxic, chemical drain-clearing products.

• Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar.
• Cover the drain hole with a rubber sink hole cover.
• Wait about 15 minutes to let the baking soda and vinegar unclog the drain.
• Remove the drain cover and run hot water down the drain to clear away the clog.

Boiling Water

Boiling water can do a great job of dislodging simple clogs.

• Remove standing water that’s in the sink.
• Bring about a half-gallon of water to a boil over high heat.
• Carefully remove and pour the boiling water into the drain in a steady stream.
• Hopefully, the water will start to drain. If it doesn’t, let the water in the sink cool, then repeat the process.

NOTE: Don’t use this approach if the drain is connected to PVC pipes. Boiling water can end up softening and damaging the material.

The tips listed here for unclogging your sink can work for simple issues, however, if problems persist, you should hire a professional plumbing service. Plumbers can assess your drainage problem, advise on the best way to clear drains, and have the tools necessary to do the job right.