How to Fix a Clogged Drain

Your sink is probably one of the most used appliances in your house.  So when it gets clogged it’s a major inconvenience.  In this installment of Fix It in 15:00, Lou tackles a pesky clog in a double sink drain.

Here’s what you’re going to do if you need to know how to fix a clogged drain:

First, try using a plunger – put the stopper into the other non-clogged sink and press down while you use the plunger on the clogged sink side (this creates a vacuum of air that will help build pressure to work out the clogged drain.

If that doesn’t work, another option is to use a sink router or drain auger.  Sometimes the clog might be beyond the p trap (you know, that little j-shaped pipe that’s connected under your sink).  Gently push the router or auger down the drain itself and maneuver it back and forth to loosen up any particles that might be causing the clog.

One last measure to take would be to fill up the sink with very hot water and release the drain so it helps flush out any remaining residue.

What’s a p trap, anyway?

Invented by Alexander Cumming in 1775, this common plumbing pipe got its name from the shape the two 90 degree joints create when the curved pipe meets the horizontal overspill pipe.  A small amount of water sits in the lower portion of the curved pipe and keeps out unwanted fumes that come from the sewer.

Your sink is probably one of the most used appliances in your house.  So when it gets clogged it’s a major inconvenience.  In this installment of Fix It in 15:00, Lou tackles a pesky clog in a double sink drain.

Here’s what you’re going to do if you need to know how to fix a clogged drain:

First, try using a plunger – put the stopper into the other non-clogged sink and press down while you use the plunger on the clogged sink side (this creates a vacuum of air that will help build pressure to work out the clogged drain.

If that doesn’t work, another option is to use a sink router or drain auger.  Sometimes the clog might be beyond the p trap (you know, that little j-shaped pipe that’s connected under your sink).  Gently push the router or auger down the drain itself and maneuver it back and forth to loosen up any particles that might be causing the clog.

One last measure to take would be to fill up the sink with very hot water and release the drain so it helps flush out any remaining residue.

What’s a p trap, anyway?

Invented by Alexander Cumming in 1775, this common plumbing pipe got its name from the shape the two 90 degree joints create when the curved pipe meets the horizontal overspill pipe.  A small amount of water sits in the lower portion of the curved pipe and keeps out unwanted fumes that come from the sewer.