Sink Trap Drain Cleaning

Cleaning sink traps yourself is a great skill to have, here are some helpful guidelines.

Is your sink clogged? If so you may be able to fix the problem with a plumbing snake or a plunger. Sink trap drain cleaning may be a simple process, however,if the clog is large, you might need to remove the trap in the pipes. This is quite a simple task and if you know how, you might be able to do that by yourself. It is a skill that will pay off in the long run, for example, when you accidentally flush down something important such as a wedding ring. If you are insecure in doing this alone, don’t wait, and call your expert professional drain cleaning plumber.

How to clean your sink trap drain

The Tools

Before you get the heavier gear, you should always try to dislodge the blockage with hot water and a plunger. If you have tried both the snake and the plunger and none of them worked, you should take a look at the pipes, located under the sink. What you will need is a bucket for the spilled water, channel lock pliers or a lock in order to disconnect the pipes and a brush for the clog. It is very easy to find the trap as it is usually located under the sink and it is bent in a ‘J’ shape. Put the bucket below the trap in order to catch the debris and water that will be falling out. Unscrew the joints on the sides of the trap with pliers or a wrench, and remove the trap from the pipes while you are allowing the water to drain down the bucket. There should be o-rings located between the trap and the pipes and you should keep an eye out for those.

Clearing The Clog

Once you have removed the trap, you can remove the soap scum, hair and the debris that is blocking the pipe with a brush. You should consider cleaning it out with a hose to remove the biofilm or lingering buildup. If you removed the clog and cleaned the trap, it is time to put the fixtures back the way they were before. If there were any o-rings between the fittings, you should put them back in before you screw the pipes together. Make sure that the joints are tightened up well but don’t twist them too hard as you might damage them, especially if your pipes are made out of plastic. If you are unable to clear the clog on your own, you can always ask help from a plumbing specialist.

Finishing Up
Once you have attached back the trap, pour some water down the drain to make sure that there aren’t any leaks. If there are none, clean up your mess and relax. Hopefully this guideline helped with your sink trap drain cleaning needs. Don’t hesitate to call an expert drain cleaning plumber if you see that something has gone wrong. It is always better to call for help and admit defeat than having to deal with your plumbing services alone. The professional plumbers at Blocked Drain Plumbers are always at your disposal and are ready to help you with your major repairs and clogs.

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