Fixing a backed up sink yourself has two big advantages: You save time and you save money.
Pouring liberal doses of very hot water down the drain will often help fix a backed up sink by melting greasy clogs away.
If the hot water drain trick doesn't cut it, hang tight. You may still be able to fix that backed up sink yourself in 3 easy steps.
Plumbing problems often happen at the strainer area of the sink, and are easily fixed by removing the strainer or stopper and cleaning it. Here's how to do this yourself:
Sure, you put it there for the toilet, but plungers can often fix a clogged drains quite efficiently, too. Here's how to utilize the toilet plunger to unclog a backed up sink:
As a last resort before calling that plumbing repair service, pour in one of your favorite liquid drain cleaners.
These chemical cleaners can usually burn through all but the toughest of clogs quickly. Be sure to follow the label's directions carefully.
If the drain cleaners or several short sessions with the plunger won't dislodge the blockage - or if you've noticed that several of your home's other drains are also draining sluggishly - the problem is likely to be deep inside your main house drain and well out of your reach. It's now time to call that plumbing repair service. Your work is done.
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