How To Unclog A Drain Without Using Chemicals

A clogged drain can cause a giant headache inside your house, especially in a sink where you need to wash your hands after going to the bathroom. Not having a sink can cause great inconvenience and is a source of stress until the problem is dealt with. Here is a step by step guide on how you can unclog a drain in a bathroom sink using a plunger.

For this task you will need the following items:

One plunger

A wet rag

Pair of pliers

Safety glasses

1 - Take the drain stopper off by unscrewing the top counter-clockwise. Once it is off, set the drain stopper aside in a safe location where it won't get lost down the drain. Disconnect the pop up stopper from underneath the sink by unscrewing the nut that holds it in place. Once the nut has been removed you can pull out the pop up stopper and clean it using warm water and a soft scrub brush.

2 - Place a wet rag over top of the overflow drain hole to block the air flow. The wet rag should block the air flow so you can concentrate the force of the plunger directly on the obstruction to break it up and send it down the drain.

3 - Put on a pair of safety glasses to protect yourself in the event that there is a splash back from the sink when the plunger is applied. You should always use safety glasses as harmful chemicals may have been put down the drain and remnants of the chemicals could be trapped inside and potentially splash back causing injury.

4 - Using an ample amount of force, push the plunger downward and then allow the plunger to pop back up by itself but don't break the suction seal. Then repeat the process until you break up the obstruction that is blocking the pipe. You can vary the speed and the amount of force that you use pushing down on the plunger to attack what is blocking the pipe.

5 – Once the obstruction is cleared from the pipeline, remove the plunger before reattaching the pop up drain stopper. Make sure that you screw the nut underneath the sink and the top back on the pop-up stopper to complete the job.

If the steps outlined above do not clear the obstruction then you should call in a professional plumber to diagnose what the problem is with your septic lines. A professional plumber can take apart pipes and clear them out to get the plumbing and anything else wrong with the septic system back to working order.