Clogged sink drain - Simple instructions to clean it out.

Community Help: Clean out your clogged drain without a plumber

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Personally I don't like to use the cleaners to dissolve clogged drains, because these also dissolve pipes and are bad for the environment. Drain clogs eventually happen sooner or later, but lesson #1 is NEVER throw grease down your drain. If you have grease in a pan, scrape the pan to loosen everything and dump it all outside, then you can clean it without dumping all that garbage down your drain. Also, everyone thinks garbage disposals are great, you SHOULD NOT dump garbage down your drain. This is why so many plumbers end up getting called, people assume garbage disposals mean "throw all garbage into your drain" and this is why so many clogged drains happen. I would recommend actually removing the garbage disposal the next time you have a plumber over, as those are a waste of time and money and shouldn't be used as they lead to clogged drains. They also eventually will spring a leak, so thats a good time to remove it instead of spending $100 to just put another one in.

Here is a simple drain example to clean out a clogged drain that is very common. It will only take 10 minutes, and your clogged drain will be flowing freely again as if it is brand new!

First, lets talk about the drain's metal plug stopper in the picture below:

First thing you do is get things read, because if your drain is clogged there will be all kinds of clay like junk to remove. I would get a garbage can and napkins ready to clean the sink drain with (and also to wipe out the upper part of the drain once the plug stopper is removed). If you have cuts on your hand then wear gloves so you don't get infected. You will need something long and thin to clean the drain with and help scoop out the junk in it. You might want to dump some vinegar into the drain for 15 minutes first, just 2 cups or so as this will help kill off bacteria and will actually help a clogged drain a bit, but you still need to clean the clogged drain.

Second, now that you are ready, lets first run some water down it if you poured the vinegar in first just to rinse out the vinegar. Now check behind the sink drain, you will see a nut behind the sink leading into the drain. This can simply be removed. Here is a picture of it, you will see one similiar as all metal plug stoppers like this have this nut in the back of the sink's drain. Screw in counter clockwise, it should come loose fairly easily as there is no reason for this to be as tight as lug nuts on a car :) .

Third, now that it's remove you will see a sink ball showing like this picture. This can simply be wiggled loose and removed. All pretty easy so far.

Fouth, now just lift out the drain's "plug stopper" in your sink. Thats all that was holding it in. Use the napkins to clean all that junk off the metal plug stopper, and try not to get any on your hands if you can help it. I would then use napkins on your finger to clean out the gunk as far as you can reach into the sink, and also be sure to clean the ball in the back that you removed and the entrance for it into the drain. Might as well get it all out of there so you don't have to do this again for a long time. Finally get down into the drain with the wire brush, butter knife, toothbrush, or whatever you have and try to "scoop out" as much gunk as you can. Try to scoop it out rather then letting it go down the drain. Scoop and scrape it all out and dispose of it. By the way, don't run the water in the drain at this time as it will leak out the back where you have the ball and nut removed! Once everything is cleaned out the best you can, simply put the metal plug stopper back in the drain, and wiggle the ball back in place and it will hook into the drain plug rather easily, not hard at all. Lift the metal plug stopper a bit with your hand to see that you have it hooked, then put the ball back in place and tighten the nut back on again. You are done, and you will see the water flows amazing fast again with no clogs! If you have any other suggestions feel free to describe or post about it here.