4 Ways to Clear a Slow Drain

By Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric - July 12, 2018

Whether it’s happened gradually or out of the blue, a clog in your kitchen sink can be a huge inconvenience. Fortunately, if you are looking for information to fix the slow drain in the sink, you’ve come to the right place! At Four Seasons Plumbing & Sewer, we’ve learned quite a few tips and tricks through our years in the industry. The following are just a few tips and tricks that you can use to unclog sink blockages in your home.

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Try Natural Remedies

Before you go dumping chemicals that can damage old pipes, you should seek out more natural solutions. Many people swear by the cleaning powers of vinegar and baking soda, so it’s no surprise that they can help clear a drain. Begin by pouring the baking soda down the pipes followed by the vinegar. To keep the reaction working on the clog, make sure you block the drain with a stopper or rag. In fifteen minutes, you can pour boiling water and lemon juice into the sink to conclude the process.

Grab the Plunger

While you might think that a plunger is only handy when you’re clearing a toilet clog, they are also useful tools for sinks. First, you need to remove the stopper from your drain and fill the sink with enough water to cover the drain. Next, you should create a suction seal with the plunger by placing it over the drain and pressing down. Once you have a good seal, you can start to plunge rapidly until the blockage is pushed through.

Remove the Pop-up

If the clog is in your bathroom sink, there’s a good chance you have a pop-up drain. If this is the case, you can easily remove the pop-up and check for debris and build-up. It’s not uncommon for jewelry, hair, and grime to clog near the drain opening, but fortunately, this is easy, albeit dirty, fix. Once you pull out the pop-up, you can clean it and simply reinstall it.

Use a Snake Drain

For blockage that is further inside the pipes of your kitchen or bathroom sink, it’s time to go to the store to get a plumber’s snake. You’ll also need a screwdriver or wrench and a bucket. With this process, you need to place the bucket under the joints of your pipe to catch water and debris. Next, you remove the P-trap, and check for blockage. If it’s not in the trap, you can take this opportunity to snake both pipe openings until there is no resistance.

If you’ve tried all of the above remedies and still can’t clear your drain, then it’s time to seek help from professionals. At Four Seasons Plumbing & Sewer, we have plenty of experience with clearing sink drain clogs, so you can count on us to get the job done! Feel free to give us a call or fill out our online form to request a complimentary quote.

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