For more severe blockages, it’s often best to call in the experts rather than trying over-the-counter products, as these can cause more significant problems. For example, professional plumbers may use a drain snake to delve further into the pipes and remove blockages deep within the system. And unlike many of the snakes sold in the big-box, professional plumbers are sturdier, less prone to failure, and can extend to cover further distances.
The professional plumber can do more when a drain snake doesn’t fix the issue. For example, Schaible’s Master-Certified plumbers utilize closed-circuit television that can help identify where the blockage is and how extensive it is. Another dependable way for a professional plumber to clear a blocked drain is using a hydro jet, which shoots intense and sharp bursts of water to remove debris and other substances from pipes.
Inspect the Garbage Disposal
Always check the garbage disposal, as this appliance takes on many items that can easily clog it. Here are some simple steps:
- Please turn on the garbage disposal to break up anything that may be blocking it.
- If the disposal is inoperative, ensure it’s not overheated and activate the reset switch (located on the side or bottom of the unit.)
- Attempt to turn it on once more to clear the clog.
If a stuck food item isn’t the cause of your clogged sink, it may suggest there’s something thick or viscose that needs dissolving. Therefore, we don’t recommend harsh drain chemicals. Instead, use gentle household cleaners or a natural baking soda mixture to avoid pipe damage.
- Pour one cup of baking soda down the drain.
- Immediately afterward, pour one cup of vinegar and cover the drain tightly with a stopper.
- Set a timer for 15 minutes, allowing the mixture to work on the clog.
- Remove the drain stopper and run hot water down the drain to rinse any loose clog debris.
If the clog persists, call a plumbing professional.