How-To: Unclog a Sink

How-To: Unclog a Sink

A clogged sink is one of the most common problems in households. Imagine trying to clear dirty dishes, only to be stopped by even dirtier water, not drained in time. Not only is it annoying, it would also cause a huge hygiene problem if not attended to.

The main cause of clogged sinks are obstructions by objects which include food, hair, solidified fats and other foreign objects. Although it is known that grease should never be disposed down the drain, people often overlook that meats, food that are high in fibre (like corn husks and celery), and even food that are high in starch (like pasta or potatoes) should be thrown far away from the kitchen sink, too!Β 

This is because it’ll most probably solidify, or get stuck and create the blockage – which will then cause endless amounts of frustration in the kitchen.Β 

When faced with a clogged sink, check the water stopper. Make sure it is clean and void of any hair, or food particles. After which, there are several methods that you can use:Β 

By using a metal wire hanger!

  1. Cut the hanger into two parts, or unbend it, to form a long piece of rod
  2. Use it as a β€˜drain snake’ down the drain
  3. Try to retrieve objects by pulling things out, or pushing objects through

By using a plunger!

  1. Make sure that the plunger completely covers the drain opening
  2. Hold the plunger upright and plunge vigorously for about 10 times

If those methods still don’t work,

By using an acidic reaction!

  1. Pour Β½ cup of baking soda down the drain
  2. Pour another Β½ cup of white vinegar
  3. Once there is a reaction in the sink, pour hot water
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 a few more times

And finally,

By using baking ingredients (we’re not kidding!)

  1. Pour 1 cup baking soda and Β½ cup of salt down the drain
  2. Let it sit for a few hours (or even overnight)
  3. Pour 2 cups of boiling water down the drain