The clogged sink is one of the most common and boring problems you can have in a home. This happens only rarely, it is always a bad junk that seriously disrupts our daily tasks, which often makes us resort to the use of expensive chemicals, dangerous and not environmentally friendly. Fortunately, there are much cheaper and gentler solutions to this kind of problem.
MagicalTip has compiled today for you 10 simple and effective ways to unclog a sink or sink. Read this article and take notes for the next time this happens!
#1. Dissolve the fat plugs with baking soda, salt, and vinegar.
Let’s start with the most radical solution for those who have the habit of waiting for the last moment, where the gentle method is no longer useful. First, the trick is to pour hot water into the sink, which will soften and loosen some of the plugs.
- Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of salt, and pour into the siphon of the sink.
- Heat a cup of vinegar to a simmer, and pour it over the other ingredients.
- Quickly cover the siphon to concentrate the reaction inside the pipe, and prevent the foam from coming out.
- Wait 15 to 30 minutes, then rinse with a good amount of hot water
- Eliminate the problem with salt and boiling water.
#2. Eliminate the problem with salt and boiling water.
If the sink is not completely clogged but you feel that a cork takes shape gradually, you can opt for lighter measures. Salt will “clean” the pipe from the inside, eliminating bacteria and bad odors. Since its effect is quite light, you will probably have to repeat the process several times, especially if the cap turns out to be bigger than you thought.
- Pour half a cup of salt directly into the siphon of the sink.
- Pour a kettle of boiling water over the salt, being careful not to get burned with any splashes.
- Open the hot water tap and flush the hose with plenty of water.
- Repeat if necessary.
#3. Enjoy the magic effect of vinegar and baking soda
The vinegar-baking soda blend is a classic when it comes to unplugging piping. This is a simple, fast, and very economical solution, because either you already have these ingredients in your kitchen, or you can find them easily in any supermarket, for three times nothing.
- Pour some boiling water into the sink. It is best to pour an entire kettle.
- Then add half a cup or even a cup of baking soda and let stand a few minutes.
- Make a mixture of half boiling water and half vinegar and pour over the baking soda in the sink.
- Cover the hole to focus the reaction inside. You can use a sucker or something else, but do not let the foam out of the hole.
- Finally, rinse the hose with hot water and Voilà !
#4. Discover the magic of the Alka-Seltzer.
Here is another effective way to eliminate the light caps, but only if they are not formed by the hair, in which case the famous effervescent tablets would be useless.
- Place two Alka-Seltzer tablets in the siphon.
- Pour a cup of vinegar on the tablets, and wait until the chemical reaction is complete.
- Pour some boiling water inside the siphon to rinse.
- Repeat if necessary.
#5. Attack the enemy with caustic soda
Sodium hydroxide (more commonly known as caustic soda) is obviously not the most natural product, but this chemical is truly magical because it has the particularity of liquefying certain hard substances. It is used in many open products because it can even dissolve hair and other wastes difficult to eliminate. To use this magic ingredient:
- Put 3 liters of cold water in a bucket.
- Add 750 ml of liquid caustic soda and mix well (be careful not to touch the mixture directly with your hands!)
- Wait until the water begins to bubble and warm up due to the chemical reaction.
- Pour the mixture into the siphon and let stand about 20 minutes.
- Rinse with a pan of boiling water.
#6. Thoroughly cleans the siphon from the sink
If all these chemical reactions do not work, you may need to perform a mechanical cleaning. The siphon drain is a bent tube located under your sink, where can accumulate grease and various debris. Because of its shape favoring the accumulation of waste, it is often the cause of the problem.
- First of all, we must prepare a minimum, otherwise, it may be complicated. Remove the water from the sink, otherwise, it will flood your kitchen as you unscrew the siphon. Then place a bucket just below the pipe, place a few towels on hand.
- The pellet is usually simply screwed under the sink, you should be able to loosen it by hand. However, you may need a clamp if it is too tight.
- Once the base disassembled, you can clean it. It will most likely be filled with pieces of food, fat and other debris. Removes hard waste by hand or with a bottle brush to clean the bottles, then rinses the pellet and tube with hot water to dissolve grease residues.
- Once you’re done, screw up the nerve.
#7. Use a ferret to unclog the pipe.
Have you already unscrewed the siphon’s cap and nothing’s done? So it’s time to use what is called a “ferret”. No, not the animal, a “ferret” is also a metal rod flexible enough to be introduced into the pipes and thus scratch and mechanically destroy the plugs.
- While the bottom of the siphon is disassembled, take a ferret.
- Insert it into the pipe while rotating. If you feel there is an obstacle, try moving forward by rotating the ferret, because it may not be a plug, but simply an elbow in the pipe.
- If the ferret collides with something and moves no further, it must be the plug in question. Continue to turn and put small jerks to destroy the cap.
- After that, remove the ferret from the hose, clean it and try again.
- Once the cap is destroyed or removed, replace the siphon cap, and rinse the pipe thoroughly with hot water.
#8. Destroy the cap with an iron hanger
A simple iron hanger can be a tool that will effectively replace a drainage ferret if you do not have one, or if the plug is not very far in the piping.
- Take an old iron hanger and pliers.
- Detangle with the forceps or hands.
- With the help of the pliers, make a sort of crank on one side of the wire, so that you can easily turn it on itself.
- Here! Now you can use it like a ferret and try to undo the plug that blocks your pipe.
#9. Use a Plunger in the right way
This is another great classic for unclogging sinks. The plunger is probably the cheapest and most effective way to remove a plug without using chemicals or buy specific tools.
- First, if you have a double-sink, cover one of the holes in order to create a phenomenon of vacuum, otherwise, the plunger will be useless.
- Then take the sucker and place it on the second hole. Open the faucet and fill the sink with water until it covers the plunger.
- Go back and forth up and down with the plunger, being careful that it remains stuck to the bottom of the sink. And do not be too shy about going back and forth, you will have to apply some force to exert a depression inside the piping.
- Pump 6 to 10 times, remove the plunger and see if the water flows. If it is not the case, start again.
- Once the cap is removed, run the hot water (or better, pour a kettle of hot water) to remove all debris.
#10.Draw up the cap
This is probably the most surprising trick on this list, but the principle is actually quite similar to the previous one: here is the time to use heavy artillery! A very important thing to remember is that you can not do this with any vacuum cleaner, it is important to use a vacuum cleaner water and dust. Think that you may need someone for this operation.
- Prepare rags, towels and a bucket to cover and clean the area, as there will likely be splashing.
- Insert the vacuum hose into the siphon of your sink, and plug the other end into the vacuum cleaner. It is recommended to use a suction cup to properly seal the sink. You can buy a special or make it from a classic suction cup.
- Turn on the vacuum and listen to the sound: if there is a plug, it will be different from that produced when the machine only sucks air.
- Aspire until the sound changes, which will indicate that you have removed the cap. If it takes too long, turn off the vacuum and wait a few minutes. Otherwise, you risk damaging the piping or the vacuum cleaner.
- If the plug stays in place, try mimicking the suction cup movements with the vacuum hose, but be careful! You can damage the piping.
- Once the cap is removed, turn off the vacuum, carefully remove the hose, and pour hot water into the siphon.
- You are amazing!
Remember that this trick should only be used if the other methods did not work. If you have used a chemical, wait at least eight hours before trying the vacuuming technique.
Have you ever faced such a problem? What is your favorite method in this case? Do you know another? Leave a message in the comments, and share this article with the people around you!
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