Unclog A Sink. 

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    How to unclog a kitchen sink

 

All sink needs a drain trap and each fixture features a drain line. Sink clogs typically are brought on by a buildup of soap and hair inside the trap or fixture drain line. Get rid of clogs by utilizing a plunger, disconnecting then cleaning the trap or using a hand auger. Many sinks hold water using a mechanical plug known as a pop-up stopper. If ever the sink is not going to hold standing water, or if water in the sink drains too slowly, the pop-up stopper must be cleaned and adjusted.

 

 

 

 

   Tips on how to unclog a kitchen sink

 

1. Position container under sink trap to catch water along with rubbish. Undo slip nuts on top of trap bend with channel type pliers. Remove nuts by hand then slide from connections. Take off the trap bend.

 

 

2. Dump out debris. Clean trap bend with a very small wire brush. Check slip nut washers for wear, plus change if required. Reinstall trap bend and tighten slip nut.

 

 

Tips on how to clear a clog kitchen sink

1. Plunging a kitchen sink is not difficult, but you need to create an continuous pressure lock between the plunger and also clog. If you have a dishwasher the drain hose must be clamped shut and seal off at the disposal or drain line. The pads on the clamp must be large enough to flatten the tube across its full diameter or it is possible to clamp the hose ends between small boards.

 

 

 

 

 

2. If there's a second basin, have a helper hold a basket strainer plug in its drain or put a sizable pot or pail filled with water on top of it. Unfold the skirt inside the plunger and put this inside the drain of the sink you are plunging. There should be enough water in the sink to cover the plunger head. Plunge rhythmically for six repetitions with increasing vigor, pulling up hard on the final repetition. Repeat this until the clog is removed. Flush out a clear clog with lots of hot water.

 

 

How to use a plumbing auger at the trap.

1. If plunging will not work, eliminate the trap then clean it out, with all the trap off, see if water flows freely from both sinks , when you have two. Every now and then clogs will lodge in the t-fitting or one of the waste pipes feeding it. These could be pulled out manually or cleared with a bottle brush or wire. When reassembling the trap, apply Teflon tape clockwise on the male threads of metal waste pieces. Tighten using your channel pliers. Plastic pieces need no tape and should be hand tightened only

 

 

2. If you suspect the clog is downstream of the trap, do away with the trap arm from your fitting on the wall. Look inside the fixture drain with a flashlight. If you see water, which means the fixture drain is plugged. Clear it using a hand auger.

 

 

Clearing branch and main plumbing drains

If having a plunger or a hand auger will not clear a clog in a fixture drain line, it shows that the blockage perhaps inside a branch line, the main waste vent stack, or the sewer service line. First utilize an auger to clear the branch drain line closest to any stopped up fixtures. Branch drain lines might be service from your cleanout fitting located near the end of the branch. Because waste water may be backed up in the drain lines, always open a clean out with caution. Position a bucket and rag below the opening to catch waste water. Never position yourself directly under a cleanout opening while unscrewing the plug or cover.

 

 

 

If using an auger on the branch line doesn't solve the issue, then a clog could be in a main waste vent stack. To clear the stack, run an auger cable down through the roof vent. Make certain the cable of your auger is long enough to reach down the complete length of the stack. If no clog is present in the main stack, the problem maybe in the sewer service line. Locate the principle cleanout, typically a Y- shaped fitting at the bottom of the main waste vent stack. Remove the plug and push the cable of a hand auger into the opening.

 

 

Some sewer service lines in older homes have a house trap. The house trap is really a U-shaped fitting located at the point wherever the service lines exit's the house. Most of the fitting are going to be beneath the floor surface. But it can be identified by its two openings. Use a hand auger to clean a house trap. If the auger meets solid resistance in the sewer line retrieve the cable and inspect the bit. Fine hair like roots on the bit indicate the line is clog with tree roots. Dirt on the bit indicates a collapsed line. Use a power auger to clear sewer service lines that are clogged with tree roots. Power augers are obtainable at leasing stores. At all times consult a specialist server cleaning service if you think a collapsed line.

 

Clear a branch line by locating the cleanout fitting at the end of the line. Position a bucket underneath the opening to catch waste water, then gradually unscrew the cleanout plug with an adjustable wrench. Clear clogs in the branch drain line using a hand auger.

 

 

Tips on how to clear a branch line.

1. Clear the main waste and vent stack by running the cable of a hand auger down from your roof vent. Always use extreme caution while working on a ladder or roof.

 

 

Clear the house trap in the sewer service line having a hand auger. Slowly do away with only the plug for the street side of your trap. If water seeps out the opening because the plug is removed, the clog is in the service line beyond the trap. If no water seeps out, auger the trap. If no clog is present inside the trap replace the street side plug and remove the house side plug. Use the auger to clear clogs positioned between the house trap and main stack.

 

 

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