An image of a sink drain.

Clogged drains are one of the biggest nuisances that can happen to anyone at any time. Most of the time, it’s a relatively easy task to unclog a drain but there are some times where you may need to call for backup, which is also known as your local plumber. In this blog post we will be discussing some easy tips and tricks to help you unclog your drain. Keep reading to learn more! 

 

Now, depending on which drain you’re unclogging, you may want to wear some safety gear. Most tasks are simple enough to perform without a full hazmat suit, but gloves, eye protection, and an old t-shirt that you don’t like are all great just in case of splashback. 

 

Plunging 

Most of us associate plugers with toilets only, but plunging is a very effective process for clearing sink clogs as well. You can find plungers at a wide variety of places, and to be honest, most inexpensive plungers will work just fine. If you’re plunging a sink, here’s a quick how-to for you to follow. 

  • Step 1: Use a rag to plug up the overflow opening of the sink; for double basin sinks, block the drain opposite of the one that you’re plunging and remove the strainer from the clogged side. 
  • Step 2: Place the plunger cup over the clogged drain, making sure that the opening is completely covered up. 
  • Step 3: Hold the plunger in place and fill the sink with water so that the cup is covered, making sure that you have a tight seal. 
  • Step 4: Plunge the sink while still making sure that the seal is intact. 
  • Step 5: After a few plunges, check your progress. You may often feel that the clog is then gone since the plunger will be much easier to pump. 
  • Step 6: Once the clog is clear, run some hot water down the drain to make sure that any left over debris is washed away. This is also a good way to check if the clog is completely gone. 

 

Snaking the Drain

A plumber’s snake is always a handy investment for any homeowner. They can be relatively expensive and can be found at any hardware store. If you’re using a snake, make sure to wear gloves and some form of eye protection. You will also want to make sure that you have an empty bucket near you and a flashlight. Slowly feed the snake down the pipe and when its a few inches into the drain, crank the handle to navigate the rest of it down the drain. You’ll know when you hit the clog because the snake will not be able to move. Once you hit the clog, twist the snake around to gather the debris and slowly pull it out. If you pull the snake too quickly, you may lose hold of the clog. Once the clog is clear and you’ve removed the snake from the drain, flush the drain to remove any lingering debris and then rinse with hot water. 

 

Homemade Drain Cleaners

Traditional drain cleaners are filled with dangerous chemicals that can actually do more damage than good. Sometimes, baking soda and white vinegar can help, but if you’re needing more help, it’s always a good idea to call your local plumber in Suffolk County. For all your plumbing needs, Hubbard Plumbing is here for you. Connect with us today and see how we can help you!