How To Fix Clogged Bathroom Sinks With Simple Home Remedies
For plumbing systems to develop clogs is a common and unavoidable occurrence. However, with most plugged toilets and stopped-up sinks, you can take care of the fixing work without having to call in a plumber. For fixing clogged bathroom sink in your home, the things that you need first and foremost to get the job done are determination and the appropriate equipment.
Toothpaste, shaving cream, whiskers, scum and a number of other household products can contribute to a clogged sink in the bathroom. In such a situation, it is necessary for you to clear out the obstruction and allow the drain to be running freely once again.
In order to remove the obstruction and open up the drainage flow, there are a number of things that you can try. The first thing that comes to mind is the various chemical products available in the market that claim to ease up the drainage flow in next to no time. Nevertheless, you need to handle them with intense care as their caustic chemical composition may result in skin burn if they come in contact with your arms or hands.
It is worth mentioning here that you need not necessarily turn to these products in order to fix your clogged bathroom sink. Look around your own residence first. Do you see the array of available options at your disposal that will serve your immediate purpose? No? Then let us take you through the various home-based remedies that you can try out for allowing smooth drainage flow once again in your bathroom sink, while not having to burn a hole either in your pocket or on the skin.
• Are you aware that the use of vinegar and baking soda is not limited to adding flavor to a salad or settling an upset stomach? You can also use them for removing the obstructions in your bathroom sink drainage pipe. Pour half a cup of dry baking soda into the opening of the drain followed by a cup of vinegar on top of it. Allow half an hour’s time for the mixture to settle down. If your drain pipe is made of metal, then you can pour a tea kettle full of hot water into the opening; if made of plastic, use hot water from the tap to prevent the pipe from melting. This will help the dirt to clear out from your drainage pipe.
• Implementing a good old fashioned plunger in the fixing process is the next strategy that you can consider. It is not the large toilet cleaning plungers we are talking about but the short handled ones with smaller rubber caps at the ends used specifically for cleaning sinks and small drainage pipe openings. In order to use this plunger mechanism, you will need to have a couple of inches water standing in the sink. If it is dry, then turn on the faucet and fill the sink up to the required limit. Water allows for better suction in the plunger. Place down the cup over the sink opening, press down and set forth the plunging motion. Several quick, repeated strokes will help the clog to get removed from the pipe.
• If you fail to free up the drainage in your bathroom sink even after using a plunger, then it can indicate only one thing: your drain is suffering from a really bad choke! It is possible that apart from the usual dirt and slime, there is something larger that found its way into the drain. A chunk of soap, a toy or maybe a ring are objects that can get stuck in the drain and form a larger part of the clog. If so, then the drain pipe has to be removed from beneath the sink. Catch all its outgoing contents in a bucket before loosening the pipe with a wrench and removing it. Check the inside of the pipe and if it is clear, use an auger through the pipe. After it comes out through the other end, leave the auger standing in the pipe and pour some water into the pipe. If the water drains out into the bucket, you will be sure that the pipe has been unclogged. Clean, replace and tighten the pipe by means of a wrench and then run some water through it to check for any leakage.
While fixing clogged bathroom sink, it is important to remember that if you cannot get the obstruction removed after a number of attempts, then it is best to call in a licensed plumber or drainage cleaning expert. If you exert too much force, then there is an increased possibility of the fixture or piping system getting damaged.