Unclog your sink

We are all aware of the warning signs. First, the sink might need a little more time to drain, then you may begin to notice that water is accumulating around your feet while in the shower. And it oozes odd and unpleasant odors. These are all signs that you will soon be faced with a blocked drainage. And one day, it happens, the drainage is completely blocked. It is something that you have to deal with as quickly as possible or face having a broken pipe or a dirty bathroom.

You may remove the excess hair and dirt accumulated on the surface of the drain, yet nothing happens: you may try a liquid plumber and no positive change, and then you might also try a plunger which might not also come to the rescue. The following are simple ways to deal with a clogged sink.

1. Use a bent wire hanger

Quite simple, yet surprisingly effective. To do this, you need to use a wire coat hanger and then straighten it up as much as possible. Then you have to bend one end to make a small hook. Then push it past the cover of the drain and start “fishing”. This should help you eliminate or bring out all the hair and every unpleasant thing from the drain. Remember, you must always bring them out and not push it further. Once you have removed as much as possible, you should run hot water into it and clear things up.

3. Use a wet and dry vacuum

Do you have a wet and dry vacuum? It can be used as an excellent tool to unclog your sink and drainage. Set it up first to collect liquids. Cover the ventilation to avoid any spillage. Then you need to create a very tight seal over the drain. If you want to get a little more creative, you may even use an old plunger head. When the vacuum is in the highest setting, you’d find it to be sturdy enough to pull all the clog into the pipe and vacuum bag. It might not always work, but there’s no harm in trying.

4. Boiling water

There is almost no easier tip than this. Put some water in the kettle and boil as much water as the kettle can hold. Then pour the water into the drain slowly. You can do so in two or three stages, this is so that hot water can flow for several seconds between each pour. This is mostly the fastest and easiest method to unclog a drain. You might congratulate yourself with a warm cup of tea if there is still water left.

5. Use Caustic Soda (Sodium Hydroxide)

Get rubber gloves and goggles. Caustic soda or sodium hydroxide (whichever you prefer to call it) is harsh and can cause some unpleasant chemical burns. You can get your needed quantity from a local store near you, but you must always be careful when handling it. To use it, pour 3/4 liters of cold water into a bucket, then you may add 3 cups of the caustic soda. Mix well using any old wooden spoon. It will start heating and fizzing up. Pour the solution into the drain that’s clogged and allow some 20-30 minutes. After that, you have to flush/rinse the drain using boiling water. If necessary, you can repeat the process.