A sink might not sound an important aspect of the household however this little thing requires a lot of maintenance. We have all seen those warning the sink shows us. For instance, it takes a longer time to drain the water, there is water pooling around your feet in the shower. This is not just all of it the worst part is the unpleasant odor. And after these signs, the drain gets finally blocked on the worse days which may also result in a pipe burst.
While no one likes cleaning a blocked drain here are a few easy techniques to get rid of it instead of calling for a plumber.
#1. Baking Soda and Vinegar
Take 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda and 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar and mix them well in a measuring cup. Pour the fizzy mixture down the blocked drain. This helps remove the dirt that has been accumulated in the pipe. Let it sit overnight and later pour hot water in the sink.
#2. Use a Plunger
The plunger can be used to unclog a sink as well as a toilet. But before trying it make sure you use different plungers for a sink as well as the toilet. Carry out the following steps using a plunger:
• Cover the drain opening with the plunger.
• Pump the plunger several times in the up and down directions to help loosen the clog.
• After a minute try pouring water to see if it is flowing easily. If the problem still persists, try repeating the above steps again.
#3. Use of drain cleaners.
Try using a natural drain cleaner. Green cleaners are enzyme-based drain cleaners that help clear the blocked drain. Eco-friendly drain cleaners work best on small to medium blockages.
#4. Boiling Water
This is the most effective and highly used technique used to unclog a blocked drain. All you have to do is boil some water and pour it down the drain. However, this method might not be useful to remove major blockages.
#5. Cleaning the Pipe
If you are thinking that this requires plumbing knowledge, do not worry. All you need to do is use a plumber’s wrench, loosen the slip nuts at both ends of the pipe and collect the dirty water in a bucket. Remove the pipe and clean it from inside afterward pour water to make sure no dirt is accumulated.
However, despite these easy methods if the problem still exists it is suggested to get in touch with a plumber. Here are a few processes which a plumber might use.
Use of Hydro Jet
Hydro-jets force a powerful stream of water through your pipes. The pressure created by the hydro jet forces the blockage through the pipes. This method is considered much safer for the pipes than snaking. However, even this method cannot unclog solid and major blocked drains. Although you can carry out hydro-jetting on your own, it is advisable to hire a professional plumber.
If the above methods are not used there might be a possibility that you need to carry out some serious processes like an excavation.
In the worst situation, your pipes may require full excavation. In such case, it is imperative to get in touch with a plumber who can spot the exact location of the blockage and knows which pipe needs to be excavated. After digging the earth to the desired level, the plumber can check the faulty pipe and replace the same with a new one. The system can thus be restored once again with the help of this method. For this, it is advisable to hire a trained professional as this work is quite complicated.