There are few things as bad as doing a sink of dishes and unstopping the drain – only for the water to stay in the sink. If you are unsure about your plumbing abilities you can always call for clogged drain repair. However, this is a rather easy task and will only take a few moments of your time. In fact, this technique will work on just about any type of clogged drain. Are you ready to get started? Great, let’s get on some rubber gloves and get to work!
In order to get started, there are two essential items you are going to need to get the drain unclogged. The first is a plunger, we recommend one with a large rubber bell and stout handle. This allows you to deliver a higher intensity thrust and force. The second item you will need is a snake or hand auger. This allows you to gain access to the pipes and work out whatever may be causing the blockage in your pipes. It is recommended to purchase one that is 20 feet long and 3/8 inches. This will give you the greatest leeway in the pipes and help to remove the clog.
The first part of the process is to begin plunging. You should start out by placing a cloth over one drain and the plunger tightly over the second drain. This helps to create a nice, even seal. When placing the plunger in the sink make sure to roll the plunger to the drain while it is under the water. This ensures that you are not forcing air into the drain but water. Plunge up and down as vigorously as you can for a full twenty seconds. Pull up the plunger and see if the water swirls away. If the water does not drain continue to plunge the sink for several minutes and see if the clog gives way.
It is also important to remember if you have just used a drain opener to try and unclog the drain not to plunge. You may get the chemicals in your eyes or skin. In fact, drain cleaners should only be used on slow drains not clogged ones.
If you had no luck with the plunger, you can move onto the snake. This is actually a realitively easy process. All one must do is to take the snake down the line little by little. You may feel as though you have found the blockage rather quickly, but most likely it is just the turning of the pipes. Continue feeding the snake down the line until you hit what is onstructing the pipe. Once you hit the clog, continue to reel in the line until the blockage is within cleaning reach.
Once you have the blockage removed you will want to pour down a mixture of a 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar. Wait for a couple of minutes and flush down a gallon or so of hot water. If you are unable to get the drain unclogged it is best to call your local plumber to assist with a clogged drain repair.