Grease and food particles can cause your sink to drain slowly if they accidentally go down the drain. You can easily remove the clog by trying two different methods.
- pot of boiling water
- cup of baking soda
- cup of vinegar
- drain plug
- vinyl tarp
- warm, soapy water
- pipe brush
Use A Homemade Drain Opener
Pour a pot of boiling water, a cup of baking soda, and a cup of vinegar down the drain. Cover the drain with a drain plug. The materials will cause a chemical reaction that will loosen the clog. After a few minutes, remove the drain plug and pour one more pot of boiling water down the drain. These natural ingredients are safe to use and are just as effective as commercial drain openers. They come in handy when you want to remove a clog quickly but don't want to leave your home to purchase an unclogging agent.
Clean Out The Trap
Remove the oddly shaped pipe that is underneath your sink to remove the clog right at the source. This pipe is often referred to as the trap. It prevents sewer gases from entering your home. Place a vinyl tarp and a bucket underneath the sink to catch any water that spills out as you are removing the pipe. Loosen and remove the slip nuts that are on the pipe with a pair of pliers. Pull the pipe downwards with both hands.
Tip one end of the pipe over so that the water spills out into the bucket. Use a pipe brush to remove residue that is stuck inside of the pipe. Rinse the pipe out well with warm, soapy water. Reattach the pipe by lining it up and placing a slip nut onto each end. Tighten the nuts with a pair of pliers. Do not turn the nuts too far. This could cause the pipe to break or the nuts to become stripped. Turn the water on in your sink to make sure that it is draining quickly.
Take Care Of Your Sink's Plumbing
Avoid calling a plumber in the future by being careful about the materials that you allow down the drain. Use a dish strainer when washing dishes to prevent food particles from falling through. Get into the practice of pouring a pot of boiling down the drain on a monthly basis. Practicing all of these tips will keep your plumbing in working order and prevent future clogs.