(Closed) Unclogging a drain?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I usually just pour some Draino down for a partially clogged drain.  I think there is something under the bottom of the sink to remove the plug but I usually don’t need that after Draino.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

You can pour Drano down it, but for a more complete solution you’ll want to get the stopper out of the sink. There are two kinds of stopper attachments. If it’s the first kind, there should be a clamp of some kind in the pipe below the sink. All you need is a screwdriver to undo it, then you’ll be able to pull the stopper out. If you don’t see anything below, the other kind is even easier. Just pull up the stopper as far as you can, then twist left or right to release it. There is a “J” shaped hook hidden inside that keeps it engaged.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

There is this amazing stuff that you can get at Home Depot. It comes in a black bottle wrapped in a plastic bag. It is called Instant Power Hair & Grease Drain Opener. It is guaranteed to work, and I swear by it. We tried a kazillion things for our drains that didn’t work before finding this stuff. I won’t buy anthing else for drains, except this stuff.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

As snmcdowell said, getting the stopper out is the first order of business.  Also, Drano is not terribly effective, particularly in bathroom sinks.  It is meant to eat grease, but bathroom sinks also typically have hair in them, so the Drano doesn’t do much good.  You will do much better getting a snake, and following the instructions at this link.

Also, bathroom sinks typically have a U-shaped part in the drainage pipe, under the sink, like in this picture:

As shown in the picture, the clog is usually in or around that U-shaped piece.  Each end of that has a nut that you can unscrew with a wrench.  When you get the U-shaped bit off, you will let out a lot of mucky water coming off, so have a bucket under it when you do this.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Get a $2 sink plunger from your local hardware store. Or use a (new) toilet plunger. Make sure you hold your hand over the overflow while you use the plunger. You don’t have to take the stopper out and this works a million times better than nasty, toxic Draino.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

noritake22:

 

We use the same exact stuff!  It is the only thing that works.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The best luck I’ve had unclogging drains is CLR Power Plumber. Works 100x better than the liquids that are supposed to unclog drains.

(Make sure to get the CLR brand one. I’ve tried another brand of the same type of thing and it didn’t work as well, but the CLR one has always worked for me to get the clog out.)

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