Tips on How to Unclog Your Drains

Nothing can be more frustrating that seeing the water remain trapped in the sink rather than flowing easily down the drain. Most people wait until this point to break out the tools and start clearing the pipes. If you want to make short work of this job, consider these tips on how to unclog your drains and the water will be flowing down the pipes quickly and easily.


The first thing you need to do is prepare. Sometimes the clog can be a quick fix, other times it requires a little ingenuity. Grab yourself a small plastic bucket, some paper towels, a screwdriver, or a piece of half inch round PVC pipe that is at least a foot long. Clear away anything you don’t want to get we that is stored beneath the sink. Now that you have the shelf clear, place the empty plastic bucket directly under the elbow or bent pipe under the sink.

Find the two large plastic nuts that connect the u-shaped pipe to the spout going to the sink and the one towards the exit point. As you loosen these nuts, the water that is trapped in the elbow will begin overflowing out and into your bucket. Once the elbow has been completely removed from the pipe, drop it in the bucket. Now reach up the pipe to find the little nut holding the drain stopper in place. This is the little device that you use in the bathroom to stop water from flowing down the sink. The kitchen sink will not have this and you can proceed to the next step. Remove the nut and drop the stopper in the bucket.

Now take a screwdriver or the PVC pipe and stick it in the drain from the top, move it up and down to break free anything like hair or soap trapped in the down tube. These will fall into your bucket easily. Remove the pipe or screwdriver and place in the bucket.

Take the bucket outside and empty it far away from the house. Chances are good the bucket stinks from all those contaminants that have been trapped inside the drain all this time. Take the stopper and the elbow, and clean them with a hose, or wet a paper towel and run it through the pipe on both ends to remove any leftover debris. Rinse off your pipe or screwdriver too. Bring back everything to the location you were working.

Place the elbow pipe back in the right position and secure the two nuts tightly. Attach the drain stopper with the single nut, be careful to work slowly because these nuts are plastic and you can easily strip the treads if you tighten incorrectly. Once the nuts are tight, place down a layer of paper towels or toilet paper on the sleeve under the elbow pipe. Run the water a few seconds and see if any water drips onto the paper. If yes, turn off the water and tighten those nuts correctly.

Once the area is dry, your sink is fixed and water will once again flow freely down the drain.