How to Unclog a Sink Drain – Basic Plumbing Tips

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At Drainblaster Plumbing in Birmingham, Alabama we like to share a few of our time-tested DIY tips to help you keep your bathroom and kitchen pipes in good condition and running up to speed.

One of the most common areas where blockages occur is in traps. A basin trap is shown above. Snakes can unclog many types of traps, but sinks usually need to be dismantled for the blockage to be removed.

Before you start working make sure you look for the following materials:

  • Bowl

  • Bucket

  • Old toothbrush

  • Replacement washers

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Simple Steps – Unblock Traps

  • Undo the sink trap. Position a bowl beneath it to catch any water.
  • Remove debris and wash the trap in a bucket of clean water. An old toothbrush is an ideal cleaning tool.
  • Replace the trap. Replacing worn washers while the trap is disassembled is worth the effort, in order to prevent future leaks.

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If you follow these steps you should be able to clean and keep your drains unclogged. If you’re facing a bigger plumbing problem, don’t hesitate to call us today at 205-585-9060 or fill out our form to contact you shortly. We provide emergency plumbing and drain cleaning services in the Birmingham Alabama area.

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