How to Unclog a Sink Drain

There are so many products on the market.  What is the best solution for your clogged drains?  It depends on which drain is clogged.  Bathroom sink and shower drains are typically clogged with hair, while kitchen drains may be clogged with grease.

To clean a bathroom drain, start by removing the drain strainer.  Clean the underside of the strainer, as hair and soap often accumulate underneath the strainer. Insert a hair grabber and twist as you pull it out of the drain. Hair grabbers have little hooks sticking out that will grab onto the hair and pull it out.

If clearing visible hair is not enough, try a chemical hair destroyer.  We carry two products that are specifically good for hair removal and will destroy the thickest hairballs within 15 minutes.  Both are safe for all pipe types – PVC, copper, plastic and even old pipes – and for septic systems.  Pour the solution down the drain, wait 15 minutes and then rinse with hot water.  Your pipes should then drain smoothly.

If the clog is in the kitchen sink, you may want to try a home remedy first:

Method  Using Baking Soda

  1. Clean the strainer or stopper.
  2. Boil water.
  3. Pour the boiling water directly into the drain.
  4. Pour ¼ cup of baking soda and 1 cup white vinegar into the drain.
  5. Wait 15-20 minutes. …
  6. Pour hot water directly down the drain.

If that doesn’t work, we have many different chemicals that are safe for your pipes and septic systems.  Pour 1/5 of the bottle into the drain, wait 15 minutes and then flush with hot tap water.  It’s also good to get into the practice of keeping the drains clear by using a maintenance product every couple of months.

*** Never use Drano or similar chemicals to clear a clogged toilet.  These products can cause chemical reactions that heat up the toilet or pipes, causing them to crack.  Try a bellows or flange plunger, or an augur to clear your blocked toilet.  Once the blockage is cleared, consider using an enzyme-based product that will eat away at buildup in the pipes and septic system, to help prevent future clogs.ck3_1625

If the clog is still not clear you can try using the following tools:
1.  Unbend a coat hanger and stick it down the drain. Turn and remove and gunk that comes up with it.
2.  Plunger – Place the bowl of a bellows or cup plunger over the drain, and press and pull it rapidly using some force.  After about 10 plunges, check to see if there is dirty water and gunk coming out of the drain. If nothing is coming out, use more force. Keep plunging until the water drains when you remove the plunger. If no obstructions are coming out of the drain, you may need to use a different method.
3.  Use a drain unclogging tool.  ck3_1618These are long enough to push through any obstructions at the first elbow in the drain.  If the obstruction is farther down the drain, you may have to hire a professional to come in with a larger snake tool.

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