A clogged sink drain is extremely frustrating and can make keeping up with routine house chores so much harder. Embarrassment is guaranteed when a drain gets clogged during a holiday family dinner or when a guest is staying over.
Apart from overflowing, clogged sinks are also home to bacteria, mold, foul odors, pests, and contaminants that can pollute indoor air quality, irritate the skin, flare up allergies and lead to other health hazards. Pressure can also cause pipeline leaks, causing aesthetic and structural damage to homes, leading to high repair costs.
Here are a few ways to get rid of clogged drains, along with prevention, precaution, and care tips.
Salt And Boiling Water
Soap scum, hair and food debris, and grease are the most common reasons why a drain clogs in the first place. After draining any water that may have accumulated in the sink, pour extremely hot, boiling water with ½ cup of table salt added to it down the troubled sink.
Auger/ Plumber’s Snake
The 1/4-inch thick coiled spiral snake tool is lowered down the drain until it reaches the obstruction. Then, the handle is cranked to dislodge all the debris. Since augers are flexible, pipelines can be easily navigated without causing damage to the plumbing. When neither electrical nor manual snakes are available, you can use a wire hanger as an alternative.
You will need a coat-wire hanger, and a pair of pliers. Uncoil the hanger into a long piece of wire to form a long wire and a hook. Lower it down the drain to grab any particles that are causing the clog while using the pliers to adjust the hook’s angle for a better and easier reach.
Baking Soda And Vinegar
Household items such as vinegar, baking soda, and salt are natural alternatives to chemical drain uncloggers. Make a mixture, 1/3-cup each, and pour it down the sink as soon as it starts to fizz. Let it stay in the sink for about an hour, then flush with boiling hot water. For the best results, repeat the process a few times. This traditional method of cleaning the drains remains one of the most successful hacks.
Hire A Professional Plumbing Company
This is the most fool-proof and effective method to eliminate the problem. While all the aforementioned DIY hacks may help fix simple cases temporarily, most of these methods are ineffective in the long run.
Depending on the severity of the issue, without professional training, there’s a high chance that these experimental hacks will end up costing you a fortune. A momentary fix success story may end up in a PVC pipe burst or porcelain sink damage.
For simpler clogs, try the DIY methods, but if they don’t work, it’s best to let the pros handle it. Calling Your 1 Plumber, a Columbia based plumbing company that has been servicing the area for more than a decade, is recommended.
Our team of highly skilled plumbers will thoroughly inspect the pipes, identify the site and the magnitude of the problem, and then advise you regarding a practical and appropriate solution. We have state of the art equipment and cutting edge technology to provide you with an extensive range of plumbing services. Reach out to us at1 (888) 540 7586 to book a kitchen or bathroom installation service or to learn more.