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Plumbers Recommended Technique of How to Unclog a Sink

When trying to unclog a sink, there are many techniques people in Tacoma use in an effort to get their drains clear. In some cases it may be using a plunger to send the clog on its way, while in other cases a person may pour a bottle of drain cleaner down the drain in hopes of breaking up the clog. However, when it comes to getting rid of clogs, nobody has more knowledge about the subject than plumbers.

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In an effort to help the average person fight the war on clogs, many plumbers today are now offering advice on how people can best unclog sinks on their own. If you're in need of some new techniques to fight this enduring problem, take a look at some of the helpful tips below.

Foam and Fizz

While it may sound like a school science project, the fact is two common household ingredients can be combined to fight clogs. Baking soda and white vinegar, both very inexpensive, can work together very effectively to dissolve clogs. Using about one-third of a cup of each, the two should be poured into a bowl, allowed to come to a fizz, and then quickly poured down the drain. After waiting about 20 minutes, let some hot water run from the tap. If it goes down the drain with no trouble, the problem is solved.

Put Some Muscle Behind It

If the mixture mentioned above didn't work, you may have to put a bit more muscle behind your fight against clogs. In this case, that will mean using a plunger. Effective with both single and double-bowl sinks, plumbers suggest running one inch of water in the sink, then placing the plunger's cup over the drain opening. When ready, give the sink about 25 strokes with the plunger, then run hot water to see what happens. If needed, use another 25 strokes and again run hot water.

Bring Out the Snake

If all else fails to get rid of clogs, it's time to bring out the drain snake in an all-out effort to send the clog on its way. For best results, insert it into the drainpipe, then feed it along until it feels as if it is hitting the clog. Then pull it back out, hopefully bringing the clog with it or breaking it up along the way. If this fails, you'll need the additional expertise of a Tacoma plumber.

Need assistance with your clogged Tacoma, WA sink? Give All Purpose Plumbing a call today at (253) 473-5100 and we would love to help.