If you have the misfortune of having a sink that will not drain properly, you will need to take some steps in order to repair it so you can use your sink as it is intended. Clogged drains are a common occurrence and they can often be repaired on your own if you have the proper tools. Here are some steps you can take in getting your sink unclogged so it will work once again.
Try Giving A Plunge
Use a household plunger to attempt unclogging your sink. Moisten the rubber end and place it over the drain. Push up and down quickly to try to dislodge whatever material may be causing the water to pool in the basin. Try this several times as it may take a lot of suction before the material loosens.
Use A Plumber's Snake
A plumber's snake is a tool that is unwound after the end is placed inside the drain hole. It will weave its way though the piping under your sink's basin, pushing through any clogged material in its way. This is a useful tool that can often unclog food or hair clogs with ease.
Try Hot Water
If the water in your basin goes down very slowly, you may be able to break up the material in the pipes by using very hot water. Turn on the hot water tap and let it run a bit so the temperature continues to rise as the water flows. Leave the water in place and observe the speed of the draining. It may start becoming faster as the material in the pipes gets a burst of hotter temperature water to disintegrate its build up.
Use Vinegar And Baking Soda
Add a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to your drain to break down the clog. These ingredients when used in tandem can cause clogged food or hair to disappear. Pour a few tablespoons of each inside your sink and check on it again in a few hours. You may be surprised to find there is no water left in your basin.
Take Things Apart
If household remedies do not seem to do the trick, take the P-trap pipe out from underneath your sink to see if there is a ball of material lodged inside. Turn off your water supply and place a bucket underneath the pipe before unscrewing the nuts on each side to remove. The water in the basin will come gushing out into the bucket. Take a look in the pipe, clean out, and reattach it into place.