Over time, hair and soap build up in the drain pipe where it bends and turns getting into the main sewer line out of your home. The trap under the sink is a particular culprit. The trap is there to keep sewer odors and gases from coming up through your sink, but it is a good place for clogs to develop.
In the kitchen, the clog is often caused by pouring grease and coffee grounds down the drain.
The repair is a little messy but is simple and quick for a do-it-yourselfer.
Tools, materials needed:
1. A bucket or pan to catch the water and clog material
2. Slip joint pliers
3. Rubber gloves
4. Plumber’s snake
6. Paper towels
1. Sponge the water out of the sink. This will cut down on the amount of water flowing out of the drain pipes when you take them apart.
2. Use a thin wire or a probing tool to try and free up any blockage under the sink stopper.
3. Find the P-trap and loosen the slip nuts on either side. If the trap and drain pipe is plastic, you can probably loosen the slip nuts by hand. If the pipes and trap are metal, the slip joint pliers will probably be required. Make sure you have the bucket or pan under the P-trap before taking it loose.
4. Wearing the rubber gloves, check the P-trap for blockage. If the clog is in the P-trap, you may be able to pull it loose with your fingers. Clean the P-trap thoroughly before putting it back together.
5. Take the plumber’s snake and loosen the set screw at the tip of the snake and pull out 18 to 24 inches of cable. Tighten the set screw and twist the cable into the drain pipe, pulling loose any clogs.
6. Use the paper towels to clean the snake cable as it is retrieved from the drain .
7. Reassemble the drain pipe and the P-trap.
8. Turn on the faucet and check to make sure that water is draining freely.
9. Clean up any mess and wipe dry with the paper towels.
The best repair is to prevent the problem in the first place. Bathroom sinks are different than kitchen and utility area sinks in that they need to be flushed with hot water occasionally to keep soap, grease and hair from building up. Once a month pour a couple of gallons of boiling water down the bathroom sink and the bathtub drain to help keep them free of clogs.
If you happen to encounter a particularly tough drain clog, it is best to seek the help of a drain cleaning in Midland professional.