Tips for Stopping Clogged Sinks
The Importance of a Home Sink
Your kitchen and bathroom sink drains are similar in design. Kitchen sink connections and drains are designed to be connected to appliances like water filters and garbage disposals. Bathroom sinks, on the other hand, are pretty simple. The typical sink drain leads to a J-shaped pipe. The bottom of that J shape is what is called a trap. Since sink drains use gravity to dispose of water, the trap is designed to take advantage of that fact by trapping water at the bottom of the curve in the pipe.
When enough water goes down the drain, the pipe fills with enough water to start flowing down the exit pipe, which is slightly higher than the trap. This ensures that there is always water in the trap to prevent sewer gasses from flowing up the pipe and into your home. Without that trap, your home wouldn’t be a pleasant place.
Fixing a Clogged Sink Is Easy
Since the trap is a natural place for clogs to form, it’s also the first place you should check when you have a clogged sink. Most traps are designed to detach easily. Just make sure you have a bucket underneath to catch the water that will inevitably spill out. All you have to do is unscrew the threaded couplings to remove the trap. If you don’t find the clog there, you can put the trap back on and try a few other home remedies.
Pouring boiling water down the drain is worth a shot. You can also try putting ⅓ cup vinegar and ⅓ cup baking soda down the drain, letting it sit for an hour, and then flush it out with hot water. If you want to go the chemical route, you can try to unclog your drain with a store-bought product. If none of these options work, you may have a problem further down the pipe, or between the drain and the trap. If this is the case, it’s best to call a professional.
Ways to Prevent a Clogged Sink
There are a few ways to prevent clogged sink drains. For the kitchen, you can avoid throwing coffee grounds and cooking grease in the sink. Instead, throw them away in the garbage. For grease, you’ll want to wait for it to harden before you toss it. If you don’t have a garbage disposal, try to not wash any food waste down the drain, unless it’s small and soft.
For the bathroom drain, you can get a mesh screen to prevent hair and unwanted objects from going down the drain. You can find many different options at your local hardware store. However, the best way to keep your drains healthy is to employ a plumber for regular maintenance. Expert plumbing techs can make sure your plumbing system is healthy and can give you many tips on how to prevent inconveniences and expensive fixes.
About Zing Plumbing
Zing Plumbing has been serving Tucson, Arizona, with pride for years. They show up on-time, prepared, and eager to please. Their technicians are licensed, bonded, and insured. Zing Plumbing is in it for the long haul, and everything they do is designed to make you happy and your plumbing healthy.