Ways to Unplug Sinks

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Using a snake is just one of the many great ways in which you can unplug sinks on a regular basis. Learn about the ways in which you can unplug a sink with help from the president and owner of Source Development Inc. in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Nicholas Iarocci, The Home Source Guy, President and Owner of Source Development Inc., a residential and commercial construction company in Garnerville, New York and this is ways to unplug your sink. Now there's a numerous amount of ways to unplug your sink. I would avoid putting chemicals down your drain if you can. There's natural ways that you can combine different elements like baking soda, salt, and water, and what happens is it it'll expand, bubble up, break down the debris, and you know evacuate the clog. So lets say you do get a clog and typically it's in the trap or it's in the elbow here. It's usually in the bends by the way. It's never you know, hardly ever in the straight runs. So what do you want to do. So if you can imagine this is our, our flange style plunger which is made for sinks or, or showers. So you can imagine if I tried plunging down this particular sink and the clog is lets say over here air is just gonna continually force, be forced up this pipe and out the sink. So what I want to do is I want to take our strainer and I want to close this particular end and it could be either end by the way and I want to put weight on the strainer or hold it down at the same time as I'm plunging the other thing. There's also another thing going on. You've got, there are loops, there's actually a double loop on the dishwasher. There's one on the dishwasher and there's a loop formed here and usually this is filled with water. So what happens is if you do get some release in pressure here you might be able to take this off, take the clamp off, plug that opening up and then get a little more pressure on it although I don't think you really have to. I want to hold the strainer as I'm plunging on one end and it could be on either end so if this is where you feel the clog is you might even want to reverse it actually so you get both at the same time and make sure the clog is evacuated. So I'm pushing down on the strainer as I'm plunging on one side. On our sink if it is backed up you've got water accumulating all the way up here not to mention whatever's in the sink. So depending on how much water is there essentially you're gonna take a bucket, put it under your trap here and this is the p-trap. You're gonna remove the retaining nuts and if it is under pressure you're gonna start seeing water immediately start to exit as you're loosening up the nuts. So there's 2 nuts on the p-trap here. You'd remove the p-trap, empty the p-trap out and then reinstall. They do have pressurized methods of evacuating the clog but in a double sink configuration I would really avoid it. If you can picture, what they use is like a pressurized gas. They basically shoot air pressure down the drain to evacuate the pipes so if you can imagine the clog's over here and they apply pressure here it'll just blow the pipe right off if it's not secured properly so I would avoid that. I would really take the plumbing apart and, and do that to evacuate the clog. So this was methods to unclog your sink. This is Nicholas Iarocci, The Home Source Guide, President and Owner of Source Development Inc., a residential and commercial construction company in Garnerville, New York, helping you build a better life. Reach out to me at Facebook at The Home Source Guy. We'll see you next time.

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