A huge amount of grease, hair, soap scum or paper can sometimes clog your sink drain pipes. The result is a bad smell from your sink and of course slow draining water. Unless it is something serious, you can remove the clog all by yourself with elements available right at your home.
Methods You Can Try
Hot water: The primary thing that you can do is use hot water. Get some decent amount of water boiled. Then pour it over the blocked pipe and wait until the water drains down. Once the water has drained the pipe should be good to use again. It is very easy to try at home and very effective in most cases.
Sodium hydroxide: This is another very cool method to dissolve the clog away. Again it is very effective in most cases unless something very hard gets stuck. The process is you have to add an equal amount of sodium hydroxide (powder form) and cold water and pour it over the pipe. If the sodium hydroxide is in solution form, you can pour it directly to the pipe.
It will fizz and generate some heat, which is normal and means it will dissolve away the clog. Don’t add further water to it until all of them is drained by the pipe.
Baking soda and vinegar: For this method, you will need ½ cup of baking soda, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 jar boiling water. Pour the dry baking soda into the clogged pipe. After that pour the 1 cup vinegar into it. This will give rise to bubbles; you can’t see them but probably can hear it happening.
If the bubbles try to rise to the sink, stop that with a rug or something. Stopping into rising will let it concentrate on the clog. This mixture is acidic and should dissolve away the clog very smoothly. After waiting a few minutes directly pour the hot water. The clog should be gone.
Chemical Drain openers: If you don’t want to try home remedies then you can look for some chemical drain openers. You will find one very easily at super shops. These are effective and also very easy to use. First of all, pour some good amount drain opener through the pipe. Then wait as instructed. After that, pour hot water through it.
Clog removing tools: These are usually long wire-like tools specially made to remove sink clogs. You have to insert the tool into the pipe and try to poke the clog as instructed.
Some of the clog removing tools like the drain snake, the toilet brush and stuff like that. After several pokes, the clog should be softened and removed eventually. As prevention is better than cure, though intended for showers and bathtubs, a proper fitting drain hair catcher can still buy you an extra prolonged period between the next clog.
Conclusion: If your clogs are normal and isn’t that serious, these 5 methods should do the job. Serious clogs are if something metal or equal type gets stuck, which are not easily dissolvable. For soft clogs, these methods are very effective and safe to try by you.