Little things amount to much. Be it consistently cleaning or maintaining the drains, or letting the little clogs build up. In summer or winter, the drains haven’t been much of an issue, but monsoon brings a new set of problems along, and you surely have experienced them first-hand.
You have probably reached the stage where effectively using the sink is getting a bit difficult, and when you flush, it takes longer than it ought to. Maybe your problem is worse than this, or perhaps it’s building up to it. But it’s best to deal with it ASAP, wouldn’t you agree? Let’s get right to it.
Here are a few solutions you can look at to deal with a clogged sink or drain:
Using a plunger:
If you have a slow-running or a clogged drain/sink that seems like a minor issue, a plunger should do the job. It creates pressure that gets the clog moving. This allows the normal course of water to push it out of the way easily. Since plunging doesn’t involve any contact with the pipes themselves, chances of this option damaging your pipes in the process are close to none.
Using a drain snake:
If plunging doesn’t work, the problem probably needs to be dealt with a little further. Drain snakes are easily available in the market, and you just need the right one to suit your requirement and you’re good to follow these steps-
- Remove the sink trap carefully. You might need a pipe wrench for it.
- Next, put the plumber’s snake in the pipes. You should feel some resistance.
- You simply need to crank the snake back a little and push it forward clockwise.
- Remove the snake out carefully, and try running the drain.
Please note, since the snake comes in direct contact with the pipes, make sure you don’t have sensitive or old plumbing at home.
If inserting a plumber’s snake seems like a risky option, and your problem is more than what a plunger can solve, adding a cleaning agent like WD-40 is always a good idea.
- Add a small amount to your drains
- Let it sit for over ten minutes
- Flush it down with normal water
The good part about using WD-40 is that it gets right under the build-up and muck, and breaks it down, which helps clear the drain. In addition, WD-40 loosens rust-to-metal bonds, so even if there is internal rusting in the pipes, this should resolve that issue as well.
Your sink and drainage system will require constant maintenance during the rains. No matter how careful you are about what you put down your sink, a clogged drain is usually inevitable in this season. Nonetheless, preventative maintenance is a great idea, as is keeping the tools rust-free and ready for fixing the clogs ready. So pick the right option for you, equip yourself, and keep those drains unclogged.