Unclogging A Clogged Drain
Sadly, everyone will have to deal with this problem at least once in their lifetime. Clogged drains like a sink filling up with water and it just won’t go down, what do you do? Many people will call a professional master plumber to come out and handle the problem correctly the first time. Others will go at it on their own and try a few things to see what works. Sometimes this isn’t an option as we may be limited on time, on our way out the door to work, have kids crawling around our legs. Keep in mind that if your first solution is to grab those typical harsh chemicals to hopefully eat away at the clog, consider what you may be damaging in the interim. If at all possible, you should avoid pouring harmful chemicals down your drains. Try a couple of these suggestions to unclog your drain first.
Let’s start with the simplest and easiest method first. To start off, get most of the water out of the sink using a cup or bowl. Boil some water on the stove and then pour it down the drain to attempt to break up the clog. This may take a couple of tries, but sometimes this is all you will need to do.
Adding Salt to a Clogged Sink
If the boiling water alone doesn’t seem to do the trick, you can use about a half cup of table salt. Make sure you get as much of the standing water out so the salt can actually make it into the drain, then add in the boiling water and let it sit for five minutes.
Check The Garbage Disposal
If your garbage disposal is clogged that will also cause the sink to become stopped up. Turn the garbage disposal on and check to see if that clears the clog. If you are having trouble with your garbage disposal not working properly, contact Creekside Plumbing to assess the problem.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
If you are still unable to clear the clogged drain, remove the water once again, and then try some baking soda and vinegar. Pour in a cup of baking soda and then equal parts of vinegar. Wait a little while and then flush with hot water to see if the clog is gone. If you are still unable to drain the sink, remove any standing water again and try using a half cup of salt and a cup of baking soda. Let sit for a few hours before flushing with hot water.
The Common Plunger
If none of those things help your stubborn clogged kitchen or bathroom sink, it is time to turn to the tried and true common plunger. If you have a double sink, be sure to plug up the other drain before you start plunging away. Cover the drain with the clog using the plunger, make sure the seal is tight by having some water in the sink and plunge away. Once you feel the clog come loose you can remove the plunger.
Creekside Plumbing in League City, Tx Can Help!
If you are still having trouble getting the clog cleared from your drain, call us today at 281-332-7767. We know your time is valuable so we come prepared with all of the parts and tools necessary in our “warehouse plumbing trucks” to fix your plumbing problems asap.
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