If the mild tips in part one of our series weren’t enough to deal with your stubbornly clogged sink drain, don’t sweat! We’ve got three more tips that should hopefully get the job done.
4. Use This Chemical Solution of Baking Soda and Vinegar
At this point, you don't need to go out and buy any special products to unclog your drain. Baking soda and vinegar, common kitchen ingredients, can naturally unclog your drains. Just follow these steps:
- Get rid of pooled water in the sink by scooping it up and pouring it out with a container.
- Take one cup of baking soda and gently pour it down the drain. You may need to use a spoon or spatula to help push the baking soda down the drain if it gets stuck.
- Take one cup of white vinegar and pour it down the drain opening.
- Put a plug or lid over the outlet to block the hole.
- Allow the mixture to remain undisturbed for 15 minutes.
- Take the lid off the drain and pour hot water to clear out anything blocking it.
For more stubborn blockages, try using boiling water to dissolve the obstruction.
This means that although this natural unclogging method cannot guarantee that it will work if it appears to be working, it is recommended to do the same process again to ensure the clog is cleared.
5. Get the Plumber’s Snake
Be forewarned; this is one of the grossest acts you’ll do or see in your life.
A plumber's snake is often the tool of choice to free a clogged sink drain. This device has a long, winding metal rod that can be fed into the pipe to reach whatever is blocking the line. You can then rotate the handle to break up the obstruction and pull it out of the pipe. If the blockage is particularly stubborn, an electric snake may be the tool of choice, as it has greater torque to tackle the issue.
If you don't have a professional plumber's snake, you can easily make one with a wire coat hanger. Utilize a pair of needle-nose pliers to unbend the hanger and form a long wire. Leave the hooked end in place, as that will be used to take hold of any blockage. Use the pliers to modify the angle of the hook so it can easily pass through the drain's opening.
Hopefully, our last two tips helped with those pesky clogs without making you gag. Wear a mask if you can’t stand the smell of vinegar or pull out something nasty with the plumber’s snake.
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