Most drain cleaners contain sodium hydroxide, one of the strongest bases (alkaline products) on the planet. It is also called caustic soda or lye. Just breathing fumes from it in a liquid solution can irritate your lungs, eyes and throat. In dry form, it can cause severe chemical burns.

Why pour that down your clogged sink when you could opt for simple physics and a bit of elbow grease to clear your pipes like a professional plumber?

Kettle’s On!

How easy is this? Empty the sink of dishes, water and any floating debris. Boil a kettle of water and pour that slowly down the drain. Pour a little, wait a minute; pour some more. This is safe on either plastic or copper pipes, and has the added benefit of involving neither muscle power nor chemicals.

Lunge for the Plunger

Clear as much debris from the sink as possible, but leave any liquids. Remove the strainer. Add more water until the sink is nearly full (or close to the overflow drain). Then use a plunger and when you plunge, for every four to six downward plunges, pull back sharply. This creates a partial vacuum above the clog and often lifts it, so the next downward plunge forces the clog on through. The weight of the water in the sink helps keep things moving in the pipes.

Grade School Volcano

Vinegar (active ingredient: acetic acid) and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) are still the dynamic duo of clog killers. Spoon as much baking soda into the drain as you can, then pour on vinegar and try as much as possible to keep a seal over the drain to direct the vigorous chemical reaction downward toward the clog instead of back up into the sink.

About that P-Trap

The P-trap is a lost ring’s last stand, a force of attraction for small children determined to see what will fit down the sink and also the likeliest spot for a clog. Removing the P-trap is how to drain a sink and will give you a few easily handled small lengths of pipe you can quickly clean out. You can also retrieve any lost rings or plastic dinosaurs, preventing damage or bigger clogs further down the pipes. Just remember to place a water-catching bucket beneath the pipe before you remove the P-trap.

Day & Night Air

If the above tips don’t work for you, it’s time to call a plumber in Phoenix. Should a sink clog removal be what you need, consider the prompt, professional attention of Day & Night Air’s plumbing services. Contact us today to learn how our expert plumbers can keep your pipes clear and clean and your water running freely.