Nobody wants to see a slow-draining sink because it inevitably indicates a clog in the pipe and a plumbing visit. However, a clogged sink doesn’t always require a plumber. Here are some ways to unclog your sink.
Use a Plunger
Just like with a toilet, a plunger is often enough to dislodge small clogs. Make sure that there’s enough water in the sink to cover the cup of the plunger, and (for dishwashers with a flexible hose) place a clamp over the hose to prevent backflow before plunging the sink.
Pour Boiling Water Down the Sink
Boiling water is another easy fix for small clogs. Simply boil half a gallon of water on the stove and remove standing water from the sink. Then steadily pour the boiling water down the drain, repeating the process one more time if the clog isn’t gone.
Run the Garbage Disposal
Your garbage disposal may be the source of the drain clog, so you should inspect it to make sure. Run the disposal to see if the clog is in it, and see if the clog is cleared. If there’s something stuck in the disposal, you may be able to remove it by hand after turning off power to the disposal.
Break it Up with Baking Soda
The clog might be dissolved by a mixture of equal parts baking soda and vinegar. Pour the baking soda in first, then the vinegar. Place the sink stopper over the drain and wait several minutes before flushing the mixture.
Use a Wet-Dry Vacuum
Sometimes, a clog can be sucked out of the pipe using a wet-dry vacuum. If the sink has dual basins, put a stopper on the other drain. Create a tight seal around the vacuum hose and the clogged drain, and turn the vacuum on to its highest setting.
Call a Plumber
If none of these unclogging methods work, your clogged sink is a job for the professionals. A drain plumber has special tools to unclog the drain and can remove pipes under the sink safely if necessary.
Rather than risk damaging your plumbing system, contact the plumbers at Parker & Sons Plumbing to unclog your sink. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.