With a bit of effort, you can unclog your sink with no help. If you do have a stubborn clog that you can’t dislodge, Billy the Sunshine Plumber is here to help.
You have to admit you were dragging your feet while walking in Lake Townsen Park this morning. You weren’t looking forward to returning home because you had a stopped up kitchen sink. You were hoping it was only a slow drain and the water would be gone by the time you got home.
You might be lucky and the water would be gone. Or maybe not. You might find your sink full of greasy, cold water. Even if it did drain, it’s likely you’ll have the problem again if you don’t do something about it.
If you do find your sink full of water that won’t drain, your best bet is using a plunger to dislodge the clog and improve the water flow. But before you start, says thespruce.com, be sure you have the proper equipment.
“A standard cup-style plunger is a type designed for clearing sink clogs. This plunger has a shallow dome with a flat bottom rim that seals to the sink basin around the drain hole,” thespruce.com says. “By contrast, a toilet plunger has a tall dome and a flange, or collar, that extends from the dome’s bottom edge. The flange helps seal around the hole in the toilet bowl. You can use a toilet plunger on a sink only if you tuck the flange up into the dome; otherwise, it won’t seal to the sink basin.”
if you’re not sure of the difference in plungers, take a look at the picture. It shows a cup-style plunger.
If you’re plunging one side of a double-sink basin, you need to block the drain of the sink that’s not being plunged. That way, air won’t escape through that drain while you’re concentrating on the clogged side.
“Place the plunger cup over the drain opening so it covers the opening fully. Run a small amount of water in the sink—enough to cover the cup of the plunger.
“Thrust the plunger in an even up-and-down motion. The suction force of the upstroke is just as important as that of the downstroke. Maintain the seal between the rubber plunger cup and the sink surface throughout this action. You may actually be able to feel the moment when the clog loosens, as the plunger handle may suddenly get easier to pump.”
That should take care of most clogs. If it doesn’t, then your pipes might need snaking. Or it could indicate you have an issue deeper in the system.
No matter. If you can’t remove the clog yourself, it might be time to call in an expert. You can find a clog-clearing expert at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.
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