If you don’t want to use a chemical un-blocker, there are several natural methods you can use that will work especially if your sink is only slightly clogged:
Caustic soda flakes: For the equivalent of a glass at the bung, then pour a saucepan of boiling water over it. Put on protective gloves and be careful not to splash yourself. You could get burned. The Blocked Drains Essex are perfect there.
Baking soda, salt, water and vinegar: Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with another tablespoon of salt and pour into the drain. Add a glass of white vinegar to create a reaction. Leave on for at least half an hour and then rinse with a liter of boiling water.
Unclog a sink with a suction cup
First of all, know that you must plug the overflow with a wet cloth so that the air does not pass. Then:
- Fill the bottom of the sink so that the water covers the rubber of the suction cup,
- Position the suction cup on the drain,
- Press firmly then lift and lower the suction cup so that there is a call for air,
- Repeat this movement until the sink is completely empty.
Unclog a sink by removing the siphon
Another, more radical solution consists in dismantling the siphon. It is the device located under the sink, between the drain and the pipe. Its role is to permanently conserve water used to stop the rise of odors from the discharge pipe. It is either presented as an S (angled) or bottled (full). The most recent siphons have a bleed screw, which makes the intervention much easier. So:
- Put a basin under the siphon to collect the water from the latter,
- Unscrew the siphon,
- Remove the waste from the cap and screw it back on after cleaning it. Be vigilant and don’t forget the seal, which probably fell into the basin when unscrewing.
For older ones, it will be necessary to dismantle the entire siphon. For it:
- Take an adjustable wrench and unscrew the nuts or the connecting rings that hold the siphon, do not hesitate to protect the nuts with adhesive so as not to damage their surface,
- Finish unscrewing by hand,
- Rid the siphon of the waste that caused the plug,
- Reassemble it by first tightening the nuts by hand, then use pliers to tighten.
Unclog a Sink with a Ferret
If the plug is located beyond the siphon, another solution exists: the ferret. It is a tool with a flexible metal rod whose end is lined with small brushes or a wire in the shape of a corkscrew. By rotating movements, the ferret catches the waste and destroys the pile. If you don’t have one, you can get a quality one for 15 euros, it will serve you for a long time.
For effective ferret use, follow these steps:
Beforehand, check that the ferret’s head easily passes through the bend of the siphon because it should not get stuck. If the ferret does not pass or the rod is too short, disassemble the siphon in order to pass the rod through this opening,
Maneuver the ferret until it touches the cork. This will be reached when the rod is more difficult to turn and the tool does not advance at all,
Take the ferret out of the pipe with the pile of waste at the end of its head,
Run water at high pressure to check that everything has been removed.