Techniques For Handling Clogged Sinks

Clogs in your sink can be a huge source of frustration. Not only do clogs lead to stagnant water and endless irritation, but they can also wear down your pipes a lot quicker than you might expect. In turn, this can lead to your pipes needing to be replaced much sooner than normal, which will cost you both time and money, Therefore, it is critical that you are able to bust clogs as soon as they appear. To help you out with that, here are some of the most common techniques for handling clogs in your sink:

Plumber's Snake

Using the tools of a pro is a good first step, and plumber's snakes are particularly useful for beginners. They are very easy to use and can be found at most hardware stores.

As far as the operation of a plumber's snake goes, all you need to do is feed the snake into the drain, turn the snake to drill through the clog, and then clear out the remnants. While other methods might take a while to work, a plumber's snake will rectify the problem immediately.

The one area where plumber's snakes fall short is solid objects. If the clog is not caused by a buildup of material, but rather a solid object like a toy, then a plumber's snake won't be able to actually drill through the obstruction. Instead, you might want to consider a plunger or hiring a plumber to actually extract the object instead of trying to force it deeper into your pipes.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

If you want to take a different approach, then a simple combination of baking soda and vinegar can work wonders. When combined, the two explosively react and expand outwards to create foam. Thankfully, this is almost entirely harmless to you and your pipes, which means that you don't need to take the same safety precautions that might be necessary when it comes to much harsher substances like bleach.

As far as usage goes, you only need a quarter to a half cup of each. You're going to add the baking soda to the drain, wait a few minutes, and then add the vinegar. Adding some hot water with the baking soda and vinegar can help ensure maximum effectiveness, so it's a good idea to have a kettle or pitcher of hot water on hand.

Once the two are combined, you will see some foam appear, but a significant portion of the reaction will be downward and thus essentially invisible. After about 20 minutes, you can be confident that the reaction is complete.

If the clog is still there afterwards, then you can try again with a bit more of each substance. However, if you are still unsuccessful after that, then it might be time to throw in the towel and call a pro.

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