How to Clear Clogged Drainage Pipes from Your Sink

Well, clogged drainage is quite amusing, especially when you have just arrived from work and you are extremely tired. When you try to wash your utensils, you realize that your sink is clogged! This is not only annoying, but it also makes your day end in a dull mood. Imagine missing the evening news trying to remove water full in your sink!

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Nevertheless, you need not worry any more as this article is there to provide you with a stepwise procedure on how to clear any clogged drainage pipe(s) from your sink(s). Naturally, this is the work of an experienced and skilled plumber. However, you do not need to wait for such people to come and solve that problem at that time, but you can do it yourself and achieve the best results if you follow the succeeding procedures to the latter.

Step 1: Get the right plumbing tools

Normally, it is ideal for one to be having some basic tools and equipment such as simple plumbing material to be used in cases when getting a plumber is not required. Such important plumbing tools include plunger and a ‘snake’ (commonly used to clear stubborn drain clogs). You can always buy these simple tools from the nearest hardware store. Having these tools right in your hands, you are now ready to proceed to the next steps.

Step 2: Locate the obstruction

In most cases, obstructions in sinks are caused by a build-up of soap scum, oil-deposits, hair, and even kitchen wastes. Ideally, the bathtub part or sometimes referred to as the U-Bend Traps always accumulate the above stated blockers. Hence, concentrate on this area.

Step 3: Clean the U-Bend Traps

In most cases, the blocked part is definitely the u-bend traps located just beneath the plughole of your kitchen sink. The simplest way to clear an obstructed u-bend tube is to position a bucket just beneath it and then, using a wrench, you can unscrew the pipe retaining caps. Release all the wastes trapped at this point into the bucket. If they are any remaining debris, you can remove it by pushing a piece of wire while flushing water from the top. To get the best results, you are supposed to use warm water and detergents to clean this part. Finally, replace the actual pipe and its caps to its original position.

Step 4: Utilize Plunger

At times, step 3 could be very tedious and most people outsource this step to skilled plumbers. Therefore, the only remedy at their disposal is to use a plunger. This device has a flexible rubber ‘cup’ with a long, straight handle. It is very simple to clear any clogged sink pipe with this device. You are required to pump the plunger up and down several times while flushing with water. The suction ‘cup’ loosens the blocking debris and the running water washes away these wastes down to the drainage tanks.

Step 5: Utilize a ‘Snake’

If the plunger used in the previous step does not yield better results, then, the alternative option is to use a ‘snake’-a flexible length of stainless steel attached to a handle. You are supposed to feed the ‘snake’ down the sink while twirling it around. As this process continues, you can flush water to clean the debris that has been loosened by the ‘snake’.


The above simple steps would yield invaluable results when followed to the latter. However, some people may resolve to use chemicals to dissolve the scum that blocks the sink pipes. Yes, it can work well, but you should be warned of this procedure since chemical drain products are usually corrosive and can even release harmful compounds to the atmosphere. Nevertheless, you should always keep your sink pipes clean to prevent further blockages. Thanks.

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