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February
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Getting a clog in the bathroom sink drain is a pain but it does not signal the end of the world. Attempting to clear the clog without paying for an expensive fix-it expert can not only save money but build skills. There are a number of options for do-it-yourself cleaning solutions. Learn some tips to get started.

 

Troubleshoot the Issue

How to clear a clog depends on a few factors which include:

  • How severe the clog is in the sink

  • How far down the pipe it goes

When assessing the clog, it's best to go with the easiest solution then work up through the other options. Avoid chemical drain cleaners which may be caustic and damage the plumbing. Since many people opt for environmentally friendly options, there are plenty to choose from on the mark.

 

Quick-and-Easy

The first method a person can consider is plunging the drain. A plunger (usually a household staple) pushes the clog through the pipes. Other methods may only be able to get out part of the clog. A Zip-it, a drain-clearing tool which looks like a giant-sized zip tie and costs less than $5, is usually for hair clogs. If the clog is above the sink's p-trap, the Zip-it may work most efficiently. Work the tool down the drain and pull up. Hopefully, most of the gunk blocking the drain will also come up.

 

Snaking the Drain

When a Zip-it fails the test, chances are the blockage is beyond the p-trap under the sink. A drum auger is a good option to consider:

  • Purchase a drum auger from the nearest home improvement store

  • Motorized augers, with the help of a power drill, are most efficient

  • Watch online videos for support in use of a drum auger tool in sinks

 

Severe Clogs

The drum auger will take care of clearing the clog most of the time. Sometimes, a person may have a clog is that is very large or further down the drain than can be reached with a manual drum auger. The important thing is to upgrade to a powerful snake when the clog is too big. A commercial-grade electric auger has more powerful snaking action, is longer and thicker than a drum auger. A plumber who comes to the house to deal with the clog is likely to use this tool but requires proper safety precautions. A helpful hint is to be sure and run water for a few minutes after clearing the clog with snakes so that, once the drain is cleared, anybody will be happy to hear all about the do-it-yourself option which can also save some cash.

 

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