A clogged drain could be a simple problem you can fix yourself, or something more complex that might require a plumber. Here are some initial steps you can take to access what could be causing the drain to be clogged.
The plunger just might be enough to feel the clogged drain. Simply fill the sink about a quarter of the way with water. Remember if you have a dual sink to cover the other drain with a dish towel. Plunge up and down rapidly over the drain until water in the sink starts to drain.
Baking Soda & Vinegar
This is a common household remedy for handling a clogged drain. Empty as much water as possible from sink. Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain. Use a wooden spoon or spatula handle to pack it down in the drain. Then pour a cup of vinegar down the sink and put the stopper in immediately to force the mixture down. The mixture will foam downwards into the pipes. Let sit for approx five minutes and then run hot water down the drain. If the drain is still clogged, try four cups of boiling water. If this still doesn’t work you will need to snake the drain with a cable auger.
Drain Snake or Cable Auger
This is only for someone that has some plumbing knowledge and a good set of tools. Using a bucket to catch the water underneath the sink, detach the p-trap underneath the sink connecting the sink to the horizontal pipe. Remove the horizontal pipe from the wall and using the cable auger, slide the cable down the stub pipe. Slowly push the cable down the pipe by spinning the crank clockwise until you reach the clog and push through, spin the auger counter clockwise to retrieve the cable, and hopefully the obstruction as well. Repeat this a couple times if necessary.
Call a Plumber
If all else fails it is time to call an expert. Continuing to try to unblock a clogged drain with other methods could lead to disastrous results. At this point, the best thing is to contact your local plumber. You might require a larger drain snake to clear a main sewer line. Options to have your line scoped with a camera can show you where the blockage is and the best solutions for a repair.
If you’re in the greater Olympia or Thurston County region, Top Notch Plumbing is here to help you unclog your drain. We’ve been taking care of plumbing issues large and small since 1994 and have the tools and know how to keep your plumbing system running great. Call us today to schedule an appointment.