Here at Trenchless Replacement Specialists, we are experts at all things clog-related. We can help you determine where there’s a clog, what caused it, and then help you fix it. In this post, we will specifically focus on clogged sinks and the various reasons they may be clogged.
WHAT’S CLOGGING MY SINK?
Knowing what’s clogging your sink is the first step in knowing how to unclog it. Here are a few of the most common culprits:
Over time, loose hair that goes down the drain will accumulate into hairballs that will stick to the inside of your drain, and cause clogs. In most cases, the clumps of hair will stay near the opening of the drain, and you can reach in and get them. Just remove the drain stopper and see what you can access with your fingers. Tweezers, a wire hanger, or even a Zip-it tool should do the job.
Soap scum is especially common in West Texas due to hard water. One trick for removal is to pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. You can also sprinkle the drain with baking soda, and then pour vinegar down the drain. Once the fizzing stops, chase it down with boiling water. The reaction should help break down the soap scum. It may take up to three tries to get the job done.
If something larger or solid makes its way down the drain, it’s possible it may be stuck in the p-trap. That’s the U-shaped portion of the drain under the sink. The p-trap can be disassembled in order to access the blockage.
Things really start getting serious with damaged pipes. Corrosion in your pipes, including rust or other pipe damage, can cause a clog. If that’s the case, the pipes should be replaced ASAP. If you can’t do that, consider a plunger. Just make sure you’ve got an airtight seal, fill the sink with warm water, and pump up and down a few times. If it doesn’t seem to improve the drainage after a few tries, you can also use a plumber’s snake, to reach deep into the drain and retrieve blockages.
TRENCHLESS SOLUTIONAt Trenchless Replacement Specialists, we can get to the bottom of all your drain problems. Not only can we find the source of a blockage, but we can also fix it or replace it if needed. Our state-of-the-art method lets us relay your pipe without digging or destroying property. Make an appointment online or give us a call at 432-580-7693.