by Duane Blanton on January 22, 2016

Plumber Recommended Techniques for Unclogging a Sink

Clogs can develop in both your kitchen sink and bathroom sink, and they can be full or partial clogs. With a partial clog, the water may be slow to drain out of the sink. With a full or complete clog, the water will not drain away at all. Regardless of whether you have a full or partial clog in you pipe, you certainly want to find an effective resolution for the problem.

Some may reach for a bottle of chemical drain cleaner, but these can damage your pipes and are not recommended by plumbers. Instead, plumbers often will recommend that you use other methods for dealing with a clog

Round Lake, IL draincleaning_720Remove the Drain Cove

The first step to take to see if you can remedy the situation on your own is to remove the drain cover. Drain covers generally have a small hook-like feature at the bottom, so you may find that the debris is pulled up and out when you remove the drain cover. This could resolve your problem in a matter of seconds, and it can prevent you from having to call a plumber.

Create Your Own Snake Device

Some clogs are located at the bottom of the drain cover, but others may be deeper in the pipe. You can unfold a hanger to create your own snake device, and you can use the end of the unfolded hanger to try to fish out the clog on your own. Be careful doing this, however, because you may wind up pushing the clog deeper into the pipe unintentionally. The unfolded hanger may enable you to reach a foot or farther down into your pipe, which may be enough to resolve the issue on your own. This can be a messy task to complete, and you may need to use the snake device several times to fully remove the clog or to loosen it enough so that it washes down the pipe.

Request Professional Assistance

If you have tried these options without great results or if you are not comfortable trying them, a smart idea is to contact a plumber. A plumber may use a professional snake device to remove the clog, or he or she may use a hydrojet to flush the pipe clean. Both are highly effective ways of removing clogs, and this can resolve your situation without having to use a strong drain cleaning chemical that will damage your pipes.

Unclogging a sink is a job for the pros. Call Duane Blanton Plumbing at (847) 855-0000 for plumbing service in your Round Lake, IL home!

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