How to Unclog a Sink and Pipes Effectively

It is one of the areas of the house that has the most use, and which can go unnoticed. Until an unpleasant smell or a traffic jam makes us notice it. We are talking about the kitchen sink.

Its use is daily and is used by the whole family, so the accumulation of small residues, such as food remains, oil, sauces, solidified detergent, etc. they can create plugs and clog the water trying to flow. A problem that is sometimes accompanied by that unpleasant smell that we have mentioned.

To get you out of this trouble we bring you some ways to get the pipe cleaned, as well as some tips to prevent it from happening again, or at least delay its appearance in time.

The first option will be to have a suction cup plunger. That black comma attached to a knob that placing it over the sink creates a vacuum that removes the dirt from the pipe. This option is effective when we are faced with a small traffic jam. In case of being something more serious, it will not be useful to us.

There are also manual plungers, tools that allow us to undo the obstruction and empty the pipe. If we continue with the tools, there are also the crank plungers, the plumber’s tool. A long, twisted wire that passes through the drain. But as we have mentioned, this tool needs a certain skill of professionals.

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If we do not have these producers or utensils we can use natural plungers. They are less effective, but if we use them repeatedly, we will get good results. The main natural remedies to unclog a sink are the bicarbonate, which has a dissolving effect similar to that of caustic soda, and vinegar, and they are often used in combination to enhance their effects. To use them follow these steps:

  • Clean the sink the best you can.
  • Fill a cup of baking soda and pour it down the sink pipe
  • Pour a cup of vinegar down the drain. If the sink has a stopper, use it to avoid fumes that the vinegar can release.
  • Leave the mixture to act for to the minus 5 minutes before removing the cap.
  • Pour very hot water, from the same tap or into cups
  • If the obstruction persists, repeat the procedure.

If none of the above has worked, then a chemical plunger. They have the advantage of being very effective, but they have a problem: they are mostly corrosive to pipes. There are very few traffic jams that caustic soda combined with hot water cannot deal with, but it is a very aggressive product that, if used often, could even pierce them.

Therefore, the best method will be prevention together with good observation from time to time. Here are some tips:

  • Empty the dishes well before putting them in the sink: It is the main reason why blockages occur.
  • Clean the sink and utensils cleaning after scrubbing: what accumulates in the sink ends up in the drain.
  • Do not leave standing water in the sink: It is the cause of bad odors
  • Never pour oil down the sinkNot only because it is not environmentally friendly, but above all because the oil, when cooled, solidifies and clogs the pipe, not to mention that the used oil is full of impurities.
  • Do not abuse chemicals: As we have already mentioned, it is not always the best option due to its high corrosive power.