Unclogging a Sink Drain
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An important component in any sink is the drain. Drains come in a variety of styles and sizes, but they are all designed to do the same thing — drain water.
Sometimes, a drain might not be working as well as one hopes. This is often the case when it has become clogged.
Kingston Brass provides a style of sink drains to meet any need. However, even the nicest, luxury drain will not guarantee that a homeowner will never face the frustration of a clog.
For those who are dealing with a clogged sink more than normal, these tips can help tackle the problem.
Clean Strainers and Covers
The first place to begin is by cleaning out any strainers or covers placed over the drain. In some cases, the cover will be screwed into place, acting as a permanent shield. These covers help prevent clogs by catching items before they make their way further into the drain. In other situations, a strainer might be added to a drain for improved protection. These can be placed over the drain cover or might even rest underneath the cover.
Take apart any covers and strainers, emptying them of debris. Not only can hair and other items get caught on these, but soap scum can also build up, leading to a clog. Wash the cover and strainer thoroughly before placing back in the sink.
Use a Plunger
While plungers are often associated with toilets, there are specific plungers designed for sinks and tubs. These plungers can help draw clogs up and out of the drain.
Start by removing any drain covers. Next, fill up the sink with some hot water (the clog should allow enough water to be added without a stopper). Now plunge the drain. The water can help draw out any tough clogs.
Remove any debris pulled out of the drain and rinse the sink.
Grab the Baking Soda and Vinegar
Sometimes, stubborn clogs reside further down the drain, making them difficult to remove through plunging. For these clogs, pour a few tablespoons of baking soda down the drain. Next, pour white vinegar down the drain, creating a powerful cleansing formula.
Finally, pour piping hot water down the drain. Often, the baking soda and vinegar will loosen a clog, particularly if soap scum is keeping the clog in place.
Turn to a Drain Snake or Claw
For the toughest of clogs, it might be necessary to head to a hardware store and pick up a drain snake or claw. These can pull particularly bad clogs out of the drain. This is effective for clogs that exist further down the pipe.
For homeowners who have drains susceptible to constant clogging, an upgraded drain might be the key. Shop Kingston Brass’ selection of premium drains today.