One of the most common household plumbing problems is also among the simplest to resolve: a clogged sink drain. Kitchen drains often become clogged with grease, food and dish soap, while hair, cosmetics and other toiletries are often the culprits responsible for a clogged bathroom sink.
Clogged sink drains may be a common problem, but that doesn’t make them any less annoying. Don’t worry, though! Clogged sinks are often a simple DIY fix and rarely require the need for professional help with drain cleaning in Toronto. In fact, unclogging your sink can often be accomplished simply by using a plunger.
When people think of plungers, they often associate them with unclogging toilets, but they are actually handy for dealing with other clogs, too. If you’re not sure how to use a plunger on a sink, below is a step-by-step guide to get you started.
Make sure you have the correct plunger
As we’ve mentioned before, plungers come in different shapes and sizes. You want to make sure you have the correct plunger before tackling a clogged sink drain. A sink plunger has a shallow dome and a flat rim. Toilet plungers, on the other hand, typically have a much taller dome and a collar at the bottom that is designed to fit into the funnel of the toilet.
Check the plug
Before you start plunging, be sure to pull out the plug in your sink so that the plunger can create a proper seal around the drain. You may even discover the source of the clog when removing the plug. With bathroom sinks especially, hair often tangles around the plug, which prevents the water from draining.
Block up any overflow drains and other sink drains
In order for the plunger to work properly, it needs to be able to create a seal over the drain so it can “suck” the debris out of the pipe. If your kitchen sink has multiple basins and drains or your bathroom sink has an overflow drain, you’ll want to plug these up with a wet rag or paper towel before you start plunging.
Once you’ve completed the preliminary steps above, it’s time to start plunging. Place the plunger over the drain, and then add just enough water to cover the cup of the plunger. Make sure the rim of the plunger is sealed over the drain, and then thrust the plunger in an even, up and down motion. The up and down motion will help create a vacuum in the pipes and allow the plunger to “suck” the debris out of the pipe.
While most clogged sink drains can be resolved with a little elbow grease and some help from a plunger, there are some instances where the blockage will require professional help. If you find that your plunger is no match for your clogged drain, call Rooter Group Inc. We specialize in drain cleaning in Toronto and will be able to get your sink unclogged and back in use in no time!