Does anyone know how I can unblock my sink?

March 5, 2007 3:19am CST
I am looking for an environmentally friendly way to unblock my kitchen sink. The water is draining out really slowly but I don't want to put a lot of chemicals down it.
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8 responses
• Singapore
5 Mar 07
Hi! You might wish to try pouring Coke down the sink? That's an urban legend... don't know how true it is! Coke is supposedly very acidic... I believe it contains phosphorous acid? Do give it a try and let us know if it works!
@bluewings (3857)
5 Mar 07
All you would need is a plunger if it isn't serious.And if the pipes are choked then you might have to open it up at the joint.Here's a video lesson on how to get it done;-) http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-unblock-a-sink-with-a-tubular-trap All the best
@lpipe0240 (1161)
• United States
5 Mar 07
First try using a plunger. Sometimes I've used a plunger after putting some drano down the drain and the cominations works well. But if this does not work (I understand if you don't use the drano) You might need to snake it. After snaking it and its still somewhat clogged you might need to rent (or buy) an electric snake. If you don't feel comfortable with using it your self a plummer should be able to do this. I know we have paid $75 for a plmmer to electric snake out our bath tub.
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@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
6 Mar 07
Well I've found a site online called "ehow-how to do everything" and one person made a post about how to unclog a sink naturally (they got 4.5 stars out of 5 so I assume it works). Here are the insturctions and I'll also list the source at the end: STEP 1: Remove contents from sink. STEP 2: Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drain. STEP 3: Pour in one cup of vinegar into the drain. STEP 4: Cover the drain with a lid and wait fifteen minutes. The baking soda and vinegar will have a chemical reaction, breaking down the clog. STEP 5: Rinse the drain with hot water to clear it out. STEP 6: Repeat if necessary. Tips & Warnings -You may need to use a plunger to help break the clog. -Use each product sparingly. http://www.ehow.com/how_4504_unclog-sink-naturally.html
@crosa125 (1484)
5 Mar 07
open the trap,clean it then put it back on(the white bit under the sink)you can go tohttp://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-fix-a-dripping-tap-ceramic-disc and see everything on a video
@MakDomMom (1474)
• United States
5 Mar 07
You can try baking soda and vinagar. Dump some baking soda down the drain, then pour some vinager down. The two create a bubbling mixture (remember science project volcanos??) and will work to clean out the drain.
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
5 Mar 07
hi there - I had this problem all over the weekend, the outside drain was semi-blocked and overflowing - yuk! I used the plunger in the loo and the shower, no joy, then down the drain so I tried nasty chemicals - felt I had no choice as the call out charge for a plumber is ยข50. I tried the caustic soda and this did not work, I was going to get the stronger drain unblocker containing sulphuric acid and while my husband was at the shops buying it I kept trying with the plunger and suddenly it worked. So my message to you is to keep persevering with the plunger and if you have to, maybe use some caustic soda. But if it is just a sink thing and not a loo thing, maybe you will be able to manually unblock. Good Luck and sorry I had no radical advice!
5 Mar 07
I usually use a plunger. My hubby uses the heel of his hand. I don't have enough power behind me to do it that way. Do you have a plunger? You can also use what we call a snake. We don't use chemicals either.