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Unclogging a Sink Drain Instructions

  • Unclogging a Sink

    Bathroom sinks are usually very susceptible to clogs compared to kitchen sinks and utility room sinks which are continually flushed out by hot water from dishwashers and washing machines. Bathroom sinks are exposed to hair, soap and other greasy products that can build up and cause problems. Your best bet is to use mechanical measures to eliminate a clog. Chemicals can be hazardous to you and your pipes.

  • Overview

    In this tutorial we will cover three different ways of dealing with clogs. First some preventative steps you can take. Next, how to take on a clog with a plunger. Finally, we’ll show you how to use an auger to eliminate more stubborn clogs.

  • Preventive Measures

    To prevent a clog from occurring, pour boiling hot water down the drain to flush out the greasy buildup. Tap water is not hot enough to do the trick. You will need to boil a pot of water on your stove and carefully haul it to the bathroom. Repeat once a month to keep your drain running smoothly. If a clog has already formed, this procedure will probably not work.

  • Plunge Right In

    When a clog forms, try a plunger first. Stuff a rag in the overflow opening to concentrate the plunging force on the clog. Fill the sink with enough water to cover the plunger head. Plunge up and down, working the clog free. Once the clog is gone, run hot tap water to remove any debris left behind.

  • Auger Through Drain

    If the plunger fails, your next step is to try an auger, also called a snake. If possible, try to insert the auger in through the drain. If the clog is in the trap, this should do the trick. Insert the auger into the drain until you feel it pressed against the clog. Tighten the auger set screw and turn the handle, gently pushing the auger forward. Repeat this process until you sense that the clog has been broken up. Flush the drain with hot tap water to remove any debris left behind.

  • Auger Through Horizontal Pipe

    If the clog is in the straight pipe beyond the trap, you may need to remove the trap to get at it. Put a bucket under the trap to catch the water as you disconnect it. Once the trap is removed, insert the auger into the straight pipe until you feel resistance against the clog. Tighten the auger set screw and turn the handle, gently pushing the auger forward. Repeat this process until you sense that the clog has been broken up. Reassemble the trap and flush the drain with hot tap water to remove any debris left behind.

 

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