Clogged sink drains are a health hazard in the kitchen and can also cause odors. There are several proven ways to unclog a sink drain and clean it out, unblocking it and making it fresh again. It can be a DIY project in most cases, but when the sink drain is very stubborn, you might have to call a plumber to do the job.
You’ll find tips here for getting that sink drain running again along with the tools and materials needed for the work. A breakdown of DIY drain clearing is included, and the cost of hiring a plumber is discussed too. Suggestions for saving money are given, and the post ends with a list of resources you’ll find helpful whether you do the project yourself or hire a pro.
There are three basic methods for clearing a sink drain. They all begin with cleaning food and debris out of the kitchen sink basin. Here are your basic options for unclogging a sink drain.
1. Use a Plunger: The technique is the same as when clearing a clogged or running toilet, though some homeowners keep a separate plunger for use in sinks.
2. Use a Drain Opener: A liquid/crystal drain cleaner can be an effective way of clearing clogged drains. There are specific products available for the purpose, just enquire at your local hardware store. If you don’t want to use harsh chemicals, consider making a solution of vinegar and baking soda.
3. Use a Drain Snake: This requires partially disassembling the sink drain.
If they do work, you can clean the drain with the vinegar and baking soda recipe. Allow the mixture to remain in the drain for several minutes, and then flush the drain with warm water from the tap.
When a DIY fix works, the cost is relatively small. Here are the tools and materials mentioned along with their costs.
Professional drain clearing costs $80 to $175 depending on whether or not the plumber has a minimum service fee and how complex the job becomes.
To save money on this repair, borrow a snake from a friend. When hiring a professional, make a few calls to find the lowest prices in your area.
These helpful pages provide more insight into taking care of this common home maintenance project.
Horizon Services Inc – This plumbing contractor provides a good overview of unclogging drains in your home.
Knowworthy – This blog offers tips for overcoming several types of clogged drain situations.
Lobeliarama – The value of a drain snake or auger is highlighted in this blog post.
Lewis Plumbing – The three methods we’ve listed are further discussed on this plumber’s page.