Clogged Sink Repair
Sinks clog due to a number of circumstances. From a broken garbage disposal to an accumulation of food in the kitchen sink or hair and toothpaste in the bathroom sink, clogs are hard to avoid. Luckily, plenty of easy solutions exist to get rid of tough clogs fast. You don’t need fancy equipment or a huge budget for clogged sink repair. Instead, check out these professional tips to clean a drain.
Clearing a Clogged Garbage Disposal
Sometimes what appears to look like a clogged garbage disposal is really something else. Many times, people hear a low humming sound coming from the disposal and assume that something is stuck. Before checking for an obstruction, turn off the power so your fingers aren’t in danger of being chopped. Next, gently move the motor shaft back and forth to see if you can dislodge whatever is preventing operations. After you’ve done this turn the disposal back on and press the reset button. Often so-called clogs are just items that accidentally fell into the impeller and is preventing the unit from moving.
Plunging a Clog
So, you’ve determined that the clog is deeper in the drain. What’s the solution? Toilets are the only drains that can be manually plunged. Use the correct plunger to take care of shallow drain clogs in kitchen and bathroom sinks, shower and floor drains, etc. Sinks and floor drains require a plunger with a flat bottom so that a tight seal is made. Toilets need a plunger that has a flange extending from the bottom. Not sure which is the right one to buy? Ask an associate at your local home improvement store to point you in the right direction.
Snake the Drain
Once clogs move deeper into the piping, plunging becomes less and less effective. In cases like these, you need to approach the clog from a different angle. A drain snake is a hand auger with a corkscrew end designed to break apart clogs. A drain snake is an easy-to-use tool that is inexpensive to buy.
Can drain snakes break up any clog? Not always. In some cases, you may need to consult with a local plumber for hydro jetting drain cleaning service. This is a power drain cleaning method that is highly effective at getting rid of the deepest, nastiest clogs in household drains and sewer lines.
Using a Vinegar Solution
Before you begin any type of drain cleaning method try using a vinegar and baking soda method to dissolve clogs. Pour equal parts vinegar and baking soda into the drain and let it fizz to work its magic. After about 15 minutes, pour boiling water down the drain to finish the process. The vinegar solution may need to be repeated several times for tough clogs. And, for some clogs, the solution won’t work at all. In a case like this, call Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter for expert drain cleaning solutions. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency plumbing service.