November 17, 2015 by

A lot of stuff makes its way down the drains in your home – bits of food in the kitchen sink and hairs in the bathroom canall combine with soap andclog your drains.The good news is there are easy ways to fix this problem and our Apple Valley, CA team at Roto-Rooter High Desert has outlined a few tips below.

1. Try boiling water

Commercial products for bathroom clogs often have harsh smells. If you’d rather go the natural route when unclogging a drain, break out your teapot. Boil a full kettle of water and slowly pour it down the problem drain. The heat will break up any residue that is causing the clog, allowing you to get back to business as usual.

2. Use a wet vacuum

If you have a wet/dry vacuum, you have a great tool for unclogging drains. Simply turn it to the wet setting and cover the drain. Wearing a rubber glove, you can use your hand to make a good seal by creating an “O” shape over the drain and placing the vacuum wand on the other end. Try not to let any air escape. This will suck up whatever is causing the clog and you’ll be using the sink again in no time.

3. Break out the plunger

No, not the toilet plunger – these devices have different shapes for various plumbing needs. Sink plungers have a flat head, whereas ones for the toilet have a smaller opening and a more mushroom-like shape. Simply place the plunger over the sink and push down on the handle until the clog has been forced out. Sometimes the mess comes up with the plunger and on other occasions it goes down the pipe and dissolves. Either way, you’ll be able to clean up the area and use it normally.

If you’re having some sink drain plumbing issues in Apple Valley, CA and the above tips aren’t working, our team can help you get it back into working order. For more information or further questions, give us a call at (760) 245-2947 and we’ll be happy to assist you.