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Mark Donovan of http://www.HomeAdditionPlus.com shows how to unclog a sink drain.
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Do you have a slow running drain? Chances are you have a clog in you P-trap or J-trap.
Hi! I am Mark Donovan from homeadditionplus.com and today I am going to show how to unclog a sink drain.
So, what you want to do is put a bucket underneath the trap and then with this PVC type trap, you can hand loosen the nuts that hold it to the drain pipe that is connected to the sink itself just a little bit more until it runs out like that. And you could see we got some hair in here and I am sure we have another clog in the pipe. So we are going to clean this out and then reattach it. We are also going to pull out any hair clog material in the drain pipe itself and then we will reconnect it. Another you want to take a look at is where the pipe goes into the wall. In this case, there is a nut in the P portion of the trap and as you can see, it is heavily clogged. You want to clean that all out and then reconnect it back up. Another way to help get the hair or other clogged particles out of the drain stem is to disconnect the linkage that controls the drain stopper. So we just unscrewed it, connect it from the back of it and now we can pull the plunger out and more easily remove the hair and stuff that is trapped in the drain assembly.
So we just pulled the drain plunger out and sure enough, we have lots of hair and garbage stuck on the plunger itself which I am sure is contributing heavily to this clog. So clean this up and then put it all back together and we should have solved our slow running drain. So now that we have cleaned up the drain plug, we are just connecting the linkage system back into the drain pipe and screwing the nut onto the drain pipe. And now we have proper movement again of our drain plunger. So now that we have loosely connected the trap back together, we just need to tighten up the couple of nuts here. One on the drain pipes down itself and then the two nuts that connect the trap into the PVC that drain system that goes into the wall. And that should do it. So you could see the drain is running very quickly now. You can actually even hear it running, all it took was about 15 minutes to fix this drain, and we did not even require a tool.
In the case of a metal or steel trapped, of course, you need a pair of adjustable pliers to get to those nuts but with this PVC type of P-traps or J-traps, you can loosen them and tighten them with your hand. So good luck with your clog and if you have any other home improvement questions, visit us at homeadditionplus.com today.