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Why Won't The Water Go Down? 3 Steps To Clear A Stubborn Clog

If you've got a clogged sink, you should be able to take care of the problem yourself. Most clogs are caused by a buildup of grease, hair, soap, and food—food being the cause of most kitchen clogs. Use the simple instructions provided here to clear out the clog and get your drains flowing again.

Clean Out the Trap

In most cases, clogs are caused by debris that's gotten stuck inside the sink trap—the j-shaped pipe located under the sink. To get rid of the clog, you'll need to remove the sink trap. The first thing you'll need to do is place a bucket directly under the trap. This will capture all of the debris that flows from the trap once you remove it. Using a wrench, or channel-pliers, loosen the slip nuts that are located on each end of the trap. Unscrew them the rest of the way using your fingers. Carefully pull the sink trap off the pipes. Tip the sink trap over and allow the debris to flow into the bucket. If the debris is stuck inside the trap, use a toothbrush, or small wire brush, to clean it out. Place the sink trap back on the connecting pipes and tighten the slip nuts. Flush the sink with hot water to see if the clog has cleared.

Reach for the Plunger

If the clog is still present, the problem might be located just beyond the sink trap. For this type of clog, you'll need to use the plunger. Fill the sink with a few inches of water and place the plunger directly over the drain. Press down firmly on the plunger handle and then pull up with a firm grip. Repeat the process several times. It's important to note that if the clog is in your kitchen sink, you'll need to block one of the drains to provide uninterrupted pressure in order for the plunger to work properly. To do that, you'll need to have someone hold a drain plug over the second drain while you use the plunger. Once you've plunged the sink, flush the drain with water to remove the debris.

Call the Plumber

If cleaning the sink trap and using the plunger has not cleared the clog, you'll need to call the plumber. The clog may be located deeper inside the pipes, or between your home and the main sewer line. This type of clog will require a plumber auger, or hydro-jet cleaning.

If you've got a stubborn clog, use the tips provided here to clear the problem quickly. For serious plumbing issues, be sure to contact your plumber as soon as possible.