There are a lot of household problems that need a well thought out instantaneous remedies. Prime to all of these terrible problems is clogged sink or drain. Even so, some people just let this problem sit there for quite some time until they realized that they need a plumber or a sink fixer to get everything done. Little did they know that this problem is sometimes easily solved with simple remedies that even amateurs can execute.
Reasons for sink blockage and how do we deal with it
No matter how we perfect the art of cleaning the house, there are some instances that our sinks get clogged which for us, has no apparent reasons. It has always been a misconception for people that greases are just okay to pour out down the kitchen sink. We have to know the fact that this substance solidifies when cooled thus blocking the drainage. There are also some who throw away food residues down the sink. These stuffs just won’t break down themselves immediately thus also blocking the sink.
- Cover sink opening with a cloth or vent – Commonly, kitchen sinks do not have vents, if so you can also use a wet cloth prior to working with the plunger.
- Do it with plunger – Filling the sink or basin properly is important to be able to work with the plunger properly. You may also apply penetrating oil or petroleum jelly to the plunger for better sealing effect. Glide the plunger and pump it again and again until you feel that water move in and out the drain. After several attempts, the water should be rushing out by now. If not, try it for around three-five times more to finally clear the clog out.
- Consider using auger– Insert this springy device into the sink’s drain. Next, start using the handle. You may notice that it moves like a snake into the drain, if so you must be doing it right. Then you may start gauging its way to the drain. If there is a tension right there, the auger must have run into the clog already. You can also move to and fro the auger. Our goal now is not to entangle the auger with the clog.
- If at this point, the auger does not clear the sink blockage, collect water in a bucket. You can have your do-it-your-own hook to reach the clog. If still a failure, make use of the wire of the auger through cleaning out. If all failed, you have to contact your plumbing agency to assist you.
After successfully clearing out the clog, you will have to remove the residues sitting down your sink. There are several options on how we can do this. You can have those removed by using hot water or a detergent that may definitely eliminate the greases. Another option is for you to use drain cleaner to clear residuals.