Tips for Trying to Unclog Your Sink Before You Resort to Septic System Pumping

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At Delaware Valley Septic, Sewer, and Storm, we offer a variety of services, including septic system installation and drain cleaning in Montgomery County, PA, and the surrounding areas. But drainage problems don’t always require service as drastic as septic system pumping. There are several DIY clogged-sink solutions you can try before giving our experts a call. 

Run hot water down your drain.

The source of your clog may be in your pipes, especially if we’re talking about the kitchen sink. Over time, fats can accumulate on the sides of pipes, slowing or blocking the flow of water. But if you run your tap at its hottest, the heat and force of the water can clear the pipe walls.  

Use a plunger. 

When you use a sink plunger, you must first remember to remove stoppers and screens from the drain, and plug the sink’s overflow drain. Fill the sink until it contains enough water to cover the plunger’s cup (the rubber dome at the end). Then plunge away, creating suction that will hopefully break up the clog.   

Make a homemade drain cleaner with simple kitchen ingredients.  

Sometimes, all you need to clear a clog is hot water, baking soda, vinegar, and pressure. Then run some hot water from your tap and pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain. After letting it settle for a few minutes, pour a cup of hot water and a cup of white vinegar down the drain.  The hot water, baking soda, and vinegar will react with each other and create clog-blasting pressure. 

You can achieve a similar effect with soft drinks. When it comes to clog-clearing, the key ingredient of sodas, aside from the carbonation, is phosphoric acid. It can react with stubborn clogs, such as calcium buildup, to make drains run again.   

If none of these steps do the trick, you need the help of a professional, and your septic system might be the culprit. Whether you’re looking for septic pumping service or septic replacement in Montgomery County, PA, or any of its neighboring counties, please contact Delaware Valley Septic, Sewer, and Storm at 1 (844) 4-DELVAL.