I’m Allie, the plumber’s apprentice, from Mr. Plumber Plumbing Company, and I’m here today at St. Phillip’s College Plumbing lab to show you how to unclog your kitchen or bathroom sink.
Unclogging drains is a reality. Many objects can get stuck or clogged in your drain. As plumbers, we’ve seen it all. First, we have to determine if the drain is slow or completely clogged. If water sits at the top of the drain but eventually does go on through the drain, then it is slightly clogged. Going to the grocery store and purchasing an over-the-counter drain cleaner would work absolutely fine. However, if water sits at the top and does not drain down, then you have a clog. Using a drain cleaner in this instance would actually cause permanent damage to your plumbing system.
If your drain is completely clogged, locate the P-trap underneath your sink. Place a bucket under the P-trap. You don’t need to turn off the water at the emergency shut off, however, don’t turn the water on either. Loosen the pipe and remove the P-trap. Clear the blockage and rinse with water. Place the P-trap back and test to make sure it’s working properly. If you still have a clog, contact a professional. For more plumbing tips, go to www.mrplumbersa.com.