What's more unpleasant than trying to unclog a sink, especially when it's filled with dirty water? Unclog the toilet, ok ... Let's say that the sink comes second!
The main causes of clogged kitchen and bathroom sink are household solid waste, grease buildup, food debris, detergents, piping problems, and design and installation mistakes.
Design and installation issues require professional intervention, but you can easily take care of everything else.
In the United Kingdom, for example, 93% of water damage is caused by sanitary towels being thrown into the toilet. You must know that they contain non-biodegradable plastic.
Here are 7 simple methods to unclog pipes and save money!
1. Salt and baking soda
If the water in your sink doesn't drain well because of grease clogged drain, use salt and baking soda.
Mix the salt and baking soda, 2 volumes of salt for 1 volume of baking soda.
Dissolve everything in a glass of water and pour the mixture directly into the drain.
After 10 minutes, put a plunger or cloth over the drain hole.
Then, rinse with warm water for 3 minutes.
2. A vacuum cleaner
You can vacuum the pipes!
To do this, place the flexible hose of the vacuum cleaner on the drain hole, pressing firmly. Wrap it in a damp cloth for a better seal and vacuum for 3 to 5 minutes.
Rinse the area with a lot of water.
Be careful, because not all vacuum cleaners can absorb water. First, read the instruction manual of your device before using this technique.
3. Baking soda and vinegar
Pour 250 grams of baking soda into the drain hole of the sink and add 100 ml of vinegar. Then, it is recommended to cover the drain with a cloth so that the chemical reaction takes place inside the pipe, not on the surface.
Wait until the mixture stops foaming.
Then slowly pour boiling water through the hole and let cold water run for 3 to 5 minutes.
4. A plunger
Place a plunger directly on the drain hole, and press firmly.
Fill the sink with hot water.
The plunger must be completely covered with water.
Press the handle firmly several times in a row, then lift it all at once.
Repeat several times.
To increase the effect, plug the drain hole with a damp cloth.
Place a rubber hose on the faucet and wrap it with a damp cloth to create a kind of tight plug.
Let the water run for 3 to 5 minutes.
To remove a big clog and dissolve the grease, it is best to use hot water.
6. The vacuum effect
To unclog a pipe when there are two drain holes, two plungers must be used at the same time. When taking care of one part of the sink, make sure to cover the other part with another plunger. Use a damp cloth if you do not have two plungers. This will create a vacuum effect.
7. An effervescent tablet
If you do not have baking soda, but you have effervescent tablets like Alka-Seltzer, try this.
Mix one effervescent tablet with vinegar, and pour the mixture into the drain hole. Then cover it with a cloth and rinse thoroughly with water after 10 minutes.