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Plumber-Recommended Techniques for Unclogging a Sink

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Clogged sinks are a pain to deal with. At best, you can struggle to get the clog out, and at worst, you may need the help of a professional. Fortunately, you can resolve many clogs on your own.

There are many ways to clear clogged drains. Consider these tips for clearing the line when you have a clogged sink drain. If you’re still dealing with a clogged sink, rely on S & D Plumbing for all your plumbing needs.

Manual Removal of Debris

The first thing to do is to remove any visible clogs. If you notice built-up materials in the drain, scoop them out. Be careful doing this if your sink has a garbage disposal. You may want to turn off the kitchen circuit breaker before handling a clog in a garbage disposal sink.

Natural Remedies

Natural remedies can also break down a clog, helping it continue down the pipe. Baking soda and vinegar causes a chemical reaction that can push a clog down the drain. Baking soda and salt can also help, as these can chew away any material stuck in the line.

Hot Water

Another safe way to clear a clogged sink is with hot water. The heat from the water can help break down the clog, so it can continue down the drain, clearing the pipeline. Heat a pot of water to just below boiling and slowly pour it down the drain. Do this two or three times to see if it breaks down the clog and removes it.

Plunging the Sink

Like unclogging a toilet, a plunger can do the trick. The plunger’s suction over the sink opening can force the blockage to move up and out of the drain. Try to plunge the opening a few times, ensuring the plunger completely seals off the drain so the suction works properly.

Drain Cleaners

Using a drain cleaner is a common strategy for removing a stubborn clog. These chemicals can break down the clog and slide it down the pipe to the sewer line. Be sure to follow the instructions when using drain cleaners. Overuse can lead to damaged pipe lining and, eventually, pipe leaks.

Using an Auger

A drain auger can also be a great tool for removing a stubborn clog. These snake-like tools can go down the drain and grab a hold of the blockage. Put the auger down the sink drain and adjust it properly to collect the blockage, then pull it out to pull up the clog. Each auger functions a bit differently, so follow the specific instructions of your tool.

Sink Still Clogged? Call S & D Plumbing

If your sink is still clogged after these strategies, call S & D Plumbing for help. For over 40 years, our team has fixed all types of plumbing issues. Our experts go through weekly training, use the best tools of the trade, and do what it takes to get the job done right.

Schedule clogged pipe repair in Austin today. Call S & D Plumbing to get started.

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