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How to Fix a Clogged Sink without Calling a Plumber

Often times we face problems with our home and look for a quick fix, but this does not mean that you have to spend a lot of money hiring a professional to fix it yourself.  This is especially true when it comes to having a clogged sink.  If you need some tips on how to fix a clogged sink on your own you should continue reading this article.

The first thing you should do if you have a clog in any drain is try using a liquid drain cleaner.  There are numerous products on the market that are extremely effective when it comes to clearing out debris from a pipe.  If you are unsure which product to buy there are countless sources on the internet for you to read consumer reviews.  After you choose the product that is right for you be sure to read the directions in full before pouring it down your drain.  Each product has different instructions, and following them are crucial to the product working as it should.  It also needs to be noted that these products can be very harmful or even fatal if they come in contact with your skin, eyes or are ingested.  Great care should be taken to make sure that your children, if you have any, do not get their hands on these types of products.

Another way that you can clear your drain is by using a snake.  Snakes come in a few different basic designs.  You can either purchase one, which is a great idea if you own your own home, or rent one from a local hardware store.  If you are unsure about how to properly use the snake you can either ask an employee at the hardware store who is well versed in plumbing problems or just try to follow the directions that come with the snake.  If you have any questions once you get home there is a wealth of information online about the best methods to remove a clog using a snake.

If you have tried both a drain cleaning product and a snake and still have no luck you will want to move on to taking apart the pipes directly under the sink.  It may look complicated, but it is really quite easy.  If you are not especially handy you should first make a drawing of how your pipes are configured so that once you have gotten them apart you will know how to put them back together.  Once you have made your drawing and have the pipes taken out you should look in each section to see if you can clear the clog directly out of there.  If you can  not find the clog in the pipes that you have removed you can then look to see if the clog is deeper down or in an area before the pipes that you have removed.

If you have paid a plumber to unclog your drains before you know how expensive it can be.  Now that you have read this article you can do it on your own with just a little work.

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