5 ways to unclog the bathroom sink
Bathroom sinks clog more easily, as hair, soap scum, toothpaste and other toiletries can clog. But before you call a technician – υδραυλικές εργασίες – from 24gr, there are many alternative ways of unclogging the bathroom sink that are very easy and, above all, economical.
Although we focus on bathroom sinks, many of these clogging methods can be used in other ducts as well. The following techniques are tried and true and none of them contain harsh, toxic elements.
1. Baking soda and vinegar
This is an ancient sewer blocking practice that has been proven to be very effective in bathroom sinks. Just mix 1/3 cup baking soda with 1/3 cup vinegar in a measuring cup.
This mixture will start to swell quickly and should be discarded immediately in the drain. The foaming action is what helps to eliminate hair and dirt so effectively. Let it sit for about an hour and then rinse with warm water.
2. Baking soda and salt
Another effective combination is baking soda and salt. Mix 1/2 cup each and pour the mixture into the drain.
Wait about fifteen minutes and then pour boiling water down the drain. All three components create a fairly aggressive chemical reaction and can unblock some of the most difficult stops in the bathroom sink.
3. Boiling water
This works surprisingly well with some bath blockers – especially when the root cause is soap. Boiling water is most effective when there is slow drainage and there is already no water in the sink. Fill a kettle or large saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Drain the water in three or four different stages. If this method works, the results should be fast enough.
4. Wet and dry vacuum
The wet and dry vacuum of the store is an ideal device to help with particularly stubborn clogs. You may need to create a hose seal for effective suction of the blockage (such as the top of a plastic soda bottle or piston head). Adjust your vacuum to the highest fluid setting and let the store do the rest. The strong suction is usually strong enough to detach what is blocking the plumbing.
5. Cable hanger
This method is saved for last because it is the most involved. If you can block the drain using one of the above methods, you can avoid this task. If not, the use of a wire hanger should clean the most stubborn debris.
- pliers (to bend the wire)
- rubber gloves
- container to catch excess water.
Turn off the water, clean everything under the sink, place a bucket of excess water and close the lid completely.
The next thing you need to do is remove the cap on the bathroom sink. To do this, lower yourself under the sink and release the cap by pressing the spring clip to remove the spinning rod from the clevis strap. Once the swivel rod is removed from the clevis strap, the cap should pop in and out of your sink.
This is the best way to clean it. So make sure you have your rubber gloves. With the lid loose, you can pull it out of the sink drain. Here you need to clean the cap mechanism from all dirt, hair and debris. DO NOT turn on your bathroom sink to do this! If you need water, use a different sink to clean the lid. Bleaching and rubbing it will help.
After cleaning the shut-off mechanism, you will want to grab your wire hanger and bend it into a shape that will help you hook masses of hair and soap. Consider the shape of a twisted screw or a fishing hook. Once you have the right shape, put the hook in the drain and as soon as you feel a blockage, start twisting and moving the hanger to catch as much mass as possible.
Try to remove as many masses as you can with the hanger. You can also use an old toothbrush to clean the inside of the tube. Some bristles and masses may also be able to be pulled out of the opening where the swivel rod was removed.
If you think there is a large blockage in the P curve of the pipe, where you can not
If you can reach the hanger, then you may need to unscrew the P-bend section of the pipe. This may or may not be necessary, depending on the severity of the barrier.
Put everything back together. Run some hot water in the drain to test the results of your hard work. After reassembling all the parts while you are there, check everything for leaks and corrosion.
U trap cleaning
The U-shaped pipe under the sink is called a “trap” and is a good place to start if you are having trouble with a difficult blockage. This method may sound a bit complicated, but it is very simple and just requires a bucket and a plumbing wrench.
Place the bucket under the U-shaped pipe (to catch water) and then loosen the slip nuts on both ends of the pipe. Remove the tube and, if possible, empty everything in the bin.
You may need a cable to dig into the pipe to remove debris. After thoroughly cleaning the “trap”, run some water and then reconnect. Follow the steps of 24gr.gr plumbers and take care of problems that spoil your daily life.
For obstruction problems that are more persistent and you can not handle yourself, call a plumber and give a final solution.