The Anode Rod and How It Helps Your Water Heater

The Anode Rod and How It Helps Your Water Heater

water-heater-technicianRust and other types of corrosion are the worst problems a water heater can face. When rust starts to develop on a water heater tank, that usually means the entire water heater must be replaced.

But if you care for your water heater properly with regular professional maintenance and repairs done as needed, you shouldn’t have to worry about corrosion until the system is reaching the end of its lengthy service life. Most of the thanks for that protection against rust and corrosion goes to a component called the anode rod. We’re going to focus on this part of your water heater today, because understanding it will help you remember why regular maintenance for a water heater is so critical.

The Anode Rod Defends Against Corrosion

The anode rod is a long metal rod inserted into the top of the water heater tank that extends down through the tank. The job of this rod is to stop corrosion from affecting the tank. Corrosion occurs when metal and water are in contact in the presence of oxygen. A water heater already has some defenses against corrosion, such as a glass lining in the tank and methods to keep oxygen from getting inside. But the anode rod provides the most effective prevention.

Essentially, the anode rod attracts corrosion to itself so it doesn’t affect the rest of the water heater. It corrodes so the rest of the water heater doesn’t. This is why the anode rod is sometimes called a “sacrificial” anode rod. Sounds a bit dramatic, but it does literally sacrifice itself to corrosion so the rest of the system can enjoy a longer service life.

How the Anode Rod Does This

The anode rod isn’t made from a single type of metal but from two. With most anode rods, this is magnesium or aluminum wrapped around a core of steel. The contact of these two different metals causes a process called electrolysis. This attracts the ions that cause corrosion, so they move away from the other parts of the tank and instead cause the rod to corrode.

Replacing the Anode Rod

What happens when the anode rod completely corrodes? It will no longer protect the rest of the water heater. And this is why regular maintenance is so important: the anode rod must be changed at regular intervals when it corrodes all the way through. Each year during professional maintenance for your water heater, one of our technicians will check the anode rod to see if it’s time to replace it and then replace it if necessary.

Regular maintenance helps prevent corrosion in other ways as well, such as flushing the tank and catching leaks that can allow oxygen into the tank. You can trust our professionals to keep your water heater in great shape. We work with all types of water heaters in Glendale, AZ and we know what yours needs to keep working for your household for many years to come.

Trust to The Trusted Plumber when it comes to your water heater repair services in Glendale, AZ and the surrounding area.

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Does Your Septic Tank Need Cleaning?

If your home has a septic system, you know it comes with its own set of responsibilities. Unlike homes connected to a municipal sewer system, it requires attention at regular intervals to prevent unsanitary (and expensive to mitigate) backups. Our blog post – “Septic Tank Maintenance: What You Need to Know” – covered general maintenance duties. This month, we focus on determining when the tank needs to be pumped out.

How often should a septic tank be cleaned?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average household septic system should be pumped every three to five years. While most people only think about the contents of the toilet winding up in the septic tank, every time you run water anywhere in your house – be it a sink, shower, tub or washing machine – the water goes into the tank.

Sludge and other sediments slowly accumulate in the tank while the water enters the drainfield and leaches into the ground. Over the course of three to five years, these layers accumulate on the bottom and the sides of the tank, eventually diminishing its capacity to store wastewater for gradual release into the drainfield. If not pumped out, the contents of the tank will back up into your plumbing fixtures and on some occasions into the drainfield. To say this situation is best avoided is a tremendous understatement.

The three-to-five-year timeframe is general. The actual frequency depends upon the following factors:

  • Household size
  • Total wastewater generated
  • Volume of solids in wastewater
  • Septic tank size

Your septic tank includes a T-shaped outlet which prevents sludge and scum from leaving the tank and traveling to the drainfield area. If the bottom of the scum layer is within six inches of the bottom of the outlet, or if the top of the sludge layer is within 12 inches of the outlet, your tank needs to be pumped.

How can you tell? We don’t recommend taking a look yourself. Our Adams and Son Plumbing team does recommend you call a professional to perform an inspection on an annual basis, or at the three-year mark. The EPA recommends the following:

  • To keep track of when to pump out your tank, write down the sludge and scum levels found by the septic professional.
  • The service provider should note repairs completed and the tank condition in your system’s service report. If other repairs are recommended, hire a repair person soon.
  • Keep maintenance records on work performed on your septic system.

If you haven’t been keeping track of septic tank pump-outs and inspections, there are trouble signs that indicate it’s on the verge of backing up. If you notice any of the following, call a septic system professional immediately:

  • Sewage odor in the house.
  • Slow-draining toilets and drains.
  • Wet area on or near the drainfield.
  • Greener grass over the septic tank than throughout the rest of the yard.

For additional information, Puget Sound Starts Here provides an excellent FAQ sheet on septic systems. Although Puget Sound is far from Central Florida, the information still applies. You can also print out the PDF to keep handy for reference.

What happens if you neglect your septic tank?

In addition to the issues previously listed, the worst-case scenarios include having to replace the septic tank itself and/or the drainfield. Leaks can occur in old tanks – especially those that haven’t been properly maintained. Replacing a drainfield is expensive, typically running into several thousand dollars. The cost depends upon many factors, such as size of your septic system, soil type, removal of trees or fencing, etc. Be prepared for most of your yard to be dug up.

Obviously, prevention is far preferable to the cure. Keep your tank well-maintained, and you’ll be more likely to get the full period of useful service from it – which could be up to 40 years.

Where does the waste go?

Most people don’t think about where the tanker truck goes after pumping out their septic tank. As long as it’s out of your life, you probably immediately put it out of your mind and enjoy flushing again without worrying about a backup.

But some people do think about it. And if this question has ever crossed your mind, writer Josh Clark of HowStuffWorks has the answer! Because his article is for a national audience, some disposal destinations may not apply to your municipality. But you’ll get the general idea.

“Prior to federal laws that restrict septic sludge dumping, waste companies could simply bury it in dump sites. As it became clear that sites like these were a health hazard, they were outlawed. These sites remain, though many are in the process of remediation (clean-up).

“These days, federal and state laws govern the final destination of the contents of your septic tank. In some cases, the septic contents are taken to waste treatment plants and added to the stew piped in from a municipal sewer system or delivered to independent, for-profit companies specializing in the treatment of septage. Septage may be treated in cesspools, which hold the waste while chemical or biological materials break it down into effluent [source: National Small Flows Clearinghouse]. Septage may also be dumped in approved landfills. The guidelines concerning septage dumping are strict and sites can be few and far between, however.”

The take-home message

As you’ve hopefully learned, septic tank maintenance is one of those necessary responsibilities that has dire consequences if neglected.

If your septic tank is due for inspection and/or cleaning, our team at Adams and Son Plumbing has been providing experienced, expert septic system service to Central Florida residences for over 60 years. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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It’s Time for a Drain Cleaning

dripping-faucetAre you looking to get better plumbing services in your home? If so, you can start with drain cleaning. Drain cleaning is something that you need to invest in for your home on a regular basis. We know that it might not be something that you think about often. After all, there are many things that you’re probably juggling on a daily basis. We don’t expect you to be on top of everything 100% of the time. We’re here to give you the reminders that you need.

If you’re looking for a plumber in Orlando, FL that can do your home justice, just make sure that you schedule an appointment with us. We’re here to help you with all of your plumbing needs. Just get in touch with us.

When To Call for Drain Cleaning

Do you need drain cleaning work in your home? Here are the signs that you do:

1.      Foul Odors

Have you noticed that something smells foul when you stand near your sink? This isn’t something that you want to have in your home. If you’ve noticed a foul odor in your house, then it means that you probably have a back-up in one of your drains. This isn’t something that you want to notice because it’s a clear sign that something more dire is on the horizon. Come to us for what you need.

2.      Slow Draining

Have you noticed that things in your home are moving quite slow? Maybe you’ve noticed that your sink is still full of water long after you walk away from your sink. It doesn’t matter what the issue is. You’re going to need to note this problem and move to fix it fast.

3.      Standing Water

Is there always a little standing water in your home’s sink? This is a sign that you need to clean out your home’s drain. Slow drainage signals an issue. Your drainage problems are bad. We’re going to make sure that you get the work that you need. Standing water is a plumbing issue that can quickly become a hygienic issue. Don’t let it linger.

4.      Weird Noises

Your plumbing system makes some weird noises from time to time, but the noises should never be loud or concerning. If you notice some weird noises happening in your home, then it’s time for you to get in touch with us. because there’s likely an issue with your plumbing. We’re going to help you find the right plumber for your needs.

5.      Fruit Flies

Have you noticed that fruit flies have suddenly popped up in your home? Fruit flies can pop up near your sink if you have food waste backed up in your drains. These flies are a nuisance and they’re not something that you have to deal with. Come to us when you want to clean out your drain and allow you to bypass this problem ASAP.

Contact Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. We can help you with your plumbing needs from clogged drains to leaking pipes.

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Your AC Filter Replacement Guide

There are three certainties in life—death, taxes, and the fact that you need to replace your air conditioner’s air filter. There’s no getting around this concept, no matter how clean you think your indoor air quality is. These filters are meant to get clogged up, so the sensitive components of your air conditioner can remain dirt, dust, and debris-free! It’s just responsible as an air conditioner owner to replace the filter when you need to.

So, as your neighborhood HVAC specialists, we’d like to talk about your air conditioning in Essex County. More specifically, we’d like to put together a step by step guide for you to follow when the time comes for your air conditioner’s filter to be replaced.

Are you nervous about replacing the filter? Or perhaps you’ve just never done it before? Don’t panic, it’s going to be just fine. This is a simple procedure that takes a few minutes. Keep reading to learn how.

Follow Closely

Replacing your air conditioner’s air filter is going to require a little bit of precision. You don’t want to stick your hands anywhere they shouldn’t be, so you’re better off following along with our step by step guide. Don’t worry, it’s not complicated.

Step 1: Turn the System Off

Before you do anything, it’s always a good idea to turn your air conditioner off before you complete this process. You wouldn’t keep your car running at the gas station while you fill it up, would you?

Step 2: Locate the Air Filter

The air filter is located in the return air ducts. This location can be found easily in your air conditioner’s manual, but to be more specific, it’s where your indoor air is taken in to be cooled by the system. Once you’ve located the return air duct, your air filter should be somewhere inside and labeled for easy access.

Step 3: Remove the Air Filter

While removing the air filter sounds easy enough, we can’t help but urge you to be careful. If it won’t budge or is giving you some resistance, you might be better off calling for our help. Don’t force things or touch things that you’re unsure about. When in doubt, give us a call!

Step 4: Replace or Clean the Filter

This step is important. You need to figure out whether or not your air conditioner’s filter is disposable or replaceable. If it’s disposable, you’re going to need to throw it out and pick up a new air filter that’s the exact same size and material. If it’s replaceable, you can just rinse it off or scrub it off the same way you would your clothes dryer filter.

Step 5: Reinsert the Filter

Make sure when you’re putting the new or old air filter back in the system, that it’s facing the right way! This can usually be done by taking note of which way it was facing when you removed it. An air filter that faces the wrong way will not work as effectively!

Step 6: Turn on the System

Once your air filter is securely put in place, turn your air conditioner on and see if you can feel the difference! If something doesn’t feel right, make sure you call us so we can diagnose the problem.

The folks at Margo Plumbing Heating Cooling Inc. are the experts on home air conditioning. If you contact us, we can help you.

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An Expert Guide on How to Drain a Hot Water Heater

Did you know DIY repairs can help you save about $20,000 in the long run? While DIY repairs are amazing for some projects, sometimes it creates more problems than it fixes. Sometimes visiting a water heater Toronto repair shop that has licensed professionals can be the best bet.

Although with this easy guide, you can learn how to drain your hot water heater in no time. From what to expect to how to get started, we’ll break down each step so you can learn how to fix the problem quickly and correctly.

Now, are you ready to get started? Here’s how to drain a hot water heater:

What to Expect

First and foremost, make sure you’re prepared for a leak to occur. There’s a possible chance the drain valve won’t completely close once you unfasten the tank. After all, the drain valve has been there for up to a year, possibly even longer, and the older it becomes, the less it will close completely.

In fact, 27 million households have water heaters that are over ten years old. Not many people consider that not all leaks occur due to a puncture of a fracture.

Instead, some leaks can happen as a result of the deterioration of materials. For example, aging and rusting can increase the chances of a leak.

With that in mind, be ready to put a stopper on the valve or have to replace the drain valve. The older the valve, the more likely there will be a leak of some form. Although, if your water heater has a plastic valve, then it might be time for an upgrade.

For those that are ready to take the leap, make sure to check out our affordable drain services. We provide free inspections, upfront pricing, and even a membership program for those that want to save even more money!

Step 1: Examine the Pressure-Relief Valve

Before you begin, make sure you check the pressure relief valve to ensure that it’s working correctly. To do that, turn off the water heater. Although, if it runs on gas, change the water heater to pilot mode.

Then, activate the lever on the valve to the cold water line. To reduce the mess that may take place, place a bucket below the pressure relief valve. That way, it ensures that if any sediment spills, it goes into the bucket, leaving you with a quick and easy cleanup solution.

Once the valve is opened, look for water or listen for the sound of air. If either happens, that means the valve is working correctly, and you can proceed to the next step.

However, if nothing happens, and you see no signs of dripping water and hear no air coming from the valve. Then, the valve most likely needs to be replaced.

Step 2: Start Running Your Drain

Place a hose from your water heater to around the exterior of your house. If your water heater is in your basement, you may need to connect two water hoses: one that runs from the heater to a portable pump and another that reaches the outside of your home. To be safe, make sure you wait several hours for the water to cool down before you open the drain valve.

Although if you want to speed up this process, take a long, hot shower. It works to efficiently speed up the draining process.

Step 3: Begin to Flush the Tank

After you open each and every hot water facet located in your home, go ahead and open the water heater drain valve. If you have a pump, it’s time to turn on that as well. Allow the tank to completely drain, then switch on the water supply.

It helps if there are shorts bursts of water as it will shift the sediment and help remove it. Although if you see that the sediment is starting to slow down or block the flow of water, try to get it out the way. You can do so by removing the drain valve so that sediment can be removed faster.

You can even get a long screwdriver to help you dislodge the big pieces of sediment. Just remember to keep a couple of buckets nearby as they’ll catch the outflow.

Step 4: Finish

When the water that’s coming out of the tank looks clear, switch off the water supply. Next, close the drain valve and turn on the cold water.

Although, make sure you also turn the pressure relief valve to its correct position. Then shut off all of the water facets you previously turned on in your home.

Lastly, make sure you turn on our water heater, which is now free and clear of sediment and debris.

Visit a Water Heater Toronto Repair Shop Today

Draining a water heater can be difficult, although, make sure you carefully follow these four steps, and you’ll be on the right track. Just be prepared for a leak to occur if you have an old, rusty, or cheap plastic valve. In that case, you might want to talk to an educated profession beforehand to see if you want to upgrade your entire water heater or just a few parts.

Whatever you decide, remember to place a bucket under the drain valve. Not only will it decrease the mess, but it will provide a quick and easy cleanup solution.

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Top Plumbing Tips for Preventing Toilet Clogs

Did you know that there are at least five incredible ways that toilets have changed the world? For starters, they help keep humans (as well as other living creatures) healthy. They do so by ensuring that human waste doesn’t end up straight in land and water systems.

Toilets even help prevent blindness, keep women safe, and save energy!

Unfortunately, when toilet clogs develop, they can bring more harm than good. For instance, they can give rise to sewer backups, which, in turn, can cause raw sewage to flood your home. Keep in mind that sewage may cause at least 15 types of diseases.

That’s why it’s best to keep your toilets clean and clear of clogs at all times. This way, you can protect your family’s health and also your home from wastewater damage.

To that end, we’ve come up with several ways on how you can avert toilet clogs. Keep reading to learn more about them, as well as what you should do in case you still run into these issues.

Think Twice Before You Flush a “Flushable” Product

From 2010 to 2018, the City of Toronto had an average of 10,000 calls per year from homes due to sewer “line-blocks.” That’s at least 80,000 logged reports for blocked sewer lines in just the city of T.O. alone!

Many of these line-blocks occurred due to none other than items labeled “flushable.” Unfortunately, they aren’t really flushable, meaning they don’t disintegrate as claimed.

In light of this, researchers from Ryerson University tested 101 single-use products. Of these, 23 claimed to be “flushable.” However, none of these, including the 23 so-called “flushable” items, passed the test.

With that said, one of the best ways on how to prevent toilet clogs is not to flush anything other than the three “Ps.” These “Ps” include pee, poop, and (toilet) paper. Don’t flush any other type of paper (such as facial tissue or paper towels).

The City also advises consumers not to flush wet or facial wipes, diapers, condoms, and tampons. These are among the biggest culprits behind sewer system line-blocks.

Educate the Kids About Proper Flushing Practices

Children’s toys are some of the most “curious” items found in sewage treatment plants in Canada. They even found an animal horn and a pair of dentures in Charlottetown sewers before! All these are things that shouldn’t really be going down the toilet.

With that said, it’s best to also teach the kids about proper flushing practices and etiquette. Educate them about flushing only the three “Ps” and how dumping toys in the toilet can cause problems. It’s also wise to tell them about proper toilet usage (such as how much of it to use) to keep toilet problems at bay.

FOG Should Never Go Down the Toilet (Or Any Other Drain)

FOG is an acronym for “fats, oil, and grease.” Municipalities in Canada shell out over $250 million to clean FOG mixed with trash each year.

FOG should never go down any drain, as these liquids can harden as they go through the drain pipes. They can also combine with other objects, such as food debris and wipes. They can even turn flushable toilet paper into a clog if they mix with it as the paper disintegrates.

Also, note that fats, oil, and grease are among the primary culprits of plumbing backups. That should be enough reason to dispose of these liquids properly.

Keep the Lid Down

A clogged toilet may also be due to someone accidentally dropping an object into it. These may include anything such as a toothbrush, comb, containers, toys, and pieces of cotton, to name a few. Either way, whatever you bring inside the bathroom can fall into the toilet bowl and cause a blockage in it.

You may even find yourself dropping precious jewelry by accident into the toilet! A professional plumber in Toronto may be able to retrieve it for you, though, using a plumbing camera and a snake.

In any case, the best way to avoid these situations (and toilet clogs) is to keep the toilet lid closed. You may also want to post a friendly reminder by the wall in front of the toilet. This way, everyone in your household can contribute to preventing plumbing clogs.

Consider Investing in Regular Drain Cleaning Services

One of the best times when to call a plumber for a clogged toilet is if you’ve already had several issues with it. Your plunger may no longer be enough to clear the drain away. Another is if the water in the toilet doesn’t recede even after several minutes from flushing it.

These are all signs that you have a massive clog in the toilet drain pipe or the bathroom drain line. This could turn into a potentially dangerous (and expensive) toilet backup problem.

With that said, it’s a smart idea to have a local licensed plumber clean your drains at least once every year. Do this even if your toilets and drains haven’t displayed any symptoms of clogs. Regular drain cleaning can help keep blockages from occurring in the first place.

In addition, a reliable plumber can also check your home for other potential causes of clogs. For example, trees growing near your sewer line may cause blockages in the future. That’s because their roots can wrap around and choke plumbing pipes.

If the above were to happen, you’d likely end up requiring more extensive pipe repairs. Worse, a clog in the main drain or sewer line can affect your home’s entire plumbing system.

So, rather than wait for these issues to occur, it’s best to prevent them from the get-go. A Toronto plumber can help you do that by assessing your home’s pipes for vulnerabilities.

Prevent and Address Toilet Clogs Before They Damage Your Home

There you have it, everything you need to know about keeping toilet clogs at bay. As you can see, many of these have to do with proper toilet (and flushing) practices. Keep these tips in mind, especially the three “Ps,” so you can reduce your risks of having clogged toilets.

Are you having problems with your toilet or any other part of your home’s plumbing system? If so, then please know that our team here at Anta Plumbing is always ready to help. Give us a call now so we can provide you with free expert advice and plumbing service quotes!

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How Long You Can Expect Your Garbage Disposal to Last

Pouring-water-kitchen-sinkPeople often think of the garbage disposal in their kitchen sink as an appliance that will never need to be replaced. To them, it’s just a part of the structure of the kitchen, and until the day the kitchen gets a major renovation, the garbage disposal will hang around and keep doing its job.

This isn’t true, of course. No mechanical appliance can last forever, and a garbage disposal handles an immense workload, operating almost every day. Although a broken disposal can be fixed, at a certain point it will no longer be worth repairing and it’s best to have a new unit installed.

The question is, how long can you expect your garbage disposal to last?

First, “dull blades” aren’t the reason to replace a disposal

We want to get this misunderstanding out of the way. A disposal will wear down with time and use, but not because the blades in it have become dull. That’s because there aren’t any blades in a garbage disposal! If you look at a cut-away image of a disposal, you’ll see that it works by using blunt impellers to hurl food waste into an outer grind ring. A garbage disposal loses efficiency because of a failing motor.

Average disposal life expectancy

Now we can get to the raw numbers. The average kitchen sink garbage disposal will last from 8 to 15 years before it needs to be replaced. The wide range in life expectancy is because of the difference in how often people use their disposals and how well they treat them. If you often put objects down the disposal that shouldn’t go down it, you’ll shorten its service life. As a quick reminder, keep the following out of the disposal:

  • Actual garbage, like paper and plastic. Only food waste goes down the disposal.
  • Fats, oils, and grease.
  • Fruit pits, meat bones, and any food waste that you can’t chew with your teeth. If you can’t chew it, the disposal can’t grind it.
  • Pasta and rice, which absorb water and expand.
  • Stringy vegetables (celery, asparagus) and onion skins.

With a moderate amount of use and proper care, you may be able to get your disposal to the upper range of that 8 to 15 years.

How to know when the disposal is finished

If your garbage disposal is in the retirement age range, watch for indications that it’s coming to the end of its service life:

  • The kitchen sink is clogging often.
  • The disposal is making a racket each time it runs.
  • The disposal frequently trips its circuit breaker (the reset button on the bottom of the unit).
  • The disposal makes a humming noise.
  • Water is leaking from the disposal.
  • The disposal is running slower.

Please don’t attempt to replace the disposal yourself. You want a skilled plumber to handle any work for your garbage disposal in Glendale, AZ. Call our plumbers when you think you’re ready for a new disposal, and we’ll take care of everything.

The Trusted Plumber serves Glendale, AZ and the surrounding areas. Schedule service with a trusted plumber today!

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How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink

The warning signs are there: pooling water and a gurgling sound. Perhaps there is even a foul odor rising up from the drain. Yes, these point to something every homeowner dreads—a sink clog. Leaving a clog alone and letting it worsen is never a wise decision, because it can open the door to more catastrophic water damage. So, if you want to get rid of those clogs, you need to first diagnose the problem then get to work unclogging your bathroom sink. 


Here is everything you need to know to do exactly that. 


What Are The Reasons For Clogged Bathroom Sinks?

It may be surprising how swiftly a bathroom sink can get clogged up, but it is generally caused by four things: 


Something Caught in the P-Trap

The p-trap is that curved piece right below the sink that is designed to trap noxious fumes from rising back into your home. The p-trap also has water, to create suction, and sometimes it gets congested with other things as well. Smaller items sometimes fall down the drain, like tiny caps, soap, rings, and the like. If these things can get stuck in the p-trap, it could cause clogs. 


Soap Scum

As the result of a chemical reaction between soap and the calcium and magnesium present in water, soap scum becomes a problem when it gathers alongside hair and other objects in the drain.



When wet, hair clumps together and gets tangled up. Sometimes, it will catch on the walls of the pipes, where it gathers even more hair and soap scum. All kinds of hair can clump in the drain, including facial hair and animal fur. Be sure to clean your drains of hair regularly or use a strainer over the drain to prevent hair from going down. 


Damaged Piping 

Corrosion, rust, dents, and even old pipe joints can lead to clogs. While you cannot always prevent pipe damage, especially to older pipes, you can do routine maintenance and also replace any that are beginning to fail. If you can’t call in a professional. 


How to Unclog a Bathroom Drain?

Once you have diagnosed the reason behind your clogged drain, you can select the right method for removing the clog easily. If you don’t know the reason behind the congestion, you can run through this list from start to finish—just to be safe. 


You will notice that every method on this list uses natural remedies and never chemical cleaners. There is a reason for that. The harsh chemicals used in drain solutions can damage the inside of the pipes, creating an even bigger problem for you to deal with. Plus, the chemicals are not environmentally friendly. 


So, with that in mind, here are several ways to unclog a bathroom sink:

Baking soda and vinegar

  • Unscrew the drain and remove the stopper. 
  • Measure out 1 cup of vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda. 
  • Pour the ½ cup of baking soda down the drain first. 
  • Next, pour the vinegar. 
  • Let the mixture sit for at least several minutes, letting it fizz. Once the fizzing stops, run hot water. 
  • Repeat 2-3 times.


If baking soda and vinegar fail to work, you can also try boiling water. Pour it down after the baking soda and vinegar in intervals. Another liquid that works well is sodium hydroxide (or caustic soda). Leave it to sit around 30 minutes before using the drain. 

If you notice that there is a large amount of hair clogging up the drain, do the following: 

  • Remove the drain and the sink stopper. 
  • Check with a flashlight to see where the hair is located.
  • If the hair is close enough to get with a finger or fuzzy pipe cleaner, pull it out that way. Optionally, you can use a pair of tweezers. 
  • Can’t see the hair? A wire hanger can be of use. 
  • Slide the tool along the drain as far as it naturally goes. Do not force it, because you could damage the pipe. 
  • Push the tool around to get different angles. 
  • Repeat several times. Run some hot water in between attempts. 

Use a plunger

  • Grab a cup plunger and remove the drain and stopper. 
  • Seal the overflow outlet in the sink with either tape or a rag. 
  • Put some towels down around the sink. 
  • Fill the basin with water. It should be tepid. 
  • Create an airtight seal over the drain with the plunger. 
  • Pump the plunger. Make the movements quick and sharp. 
  • Test the drain to see if the clog has been cleared.
    Repeat if necessary. 

Clear the P-trap

  • Put on some rubber gloves and a bucket under the p-trap. 
  • Loosen the nuts around the p-trap so you can remove it. You may need pliers.
  • Remove the p-trap, letting any water pour into the bucket. 
  • Look for any objects that may be trapped in the pipe. 
  • Clean out the p-trap with a toothbrush or bristle brush. 
  • Fasten the p-trap and do a quick test to see if water drains.  


If water still doesn’t drain, try this last step:


  • If you have a plumber’s snake (also known as a plumbing auger) you can use it. Put down some towels to prevent water from getting everywhere. 
  • Remove the p-trap and the stopper. 
  • Start threading the snake down the drain. 
  • Once you reach the clog, rotate the snake’s head back and forth and up and down. 
  • You should feel the clog dislodge. Pull the auger free then reassemble the sink. 
  • Check to make sure water drains. 


If none of the tips help you unclog your bathroom sink, then it is more than just a simple tangle of hair and soap scum. That means it is time to bring in a professional. Having a qualified plumber on the job will eliminate a lot of stress, because you know the problem will be found, and the clog will be dealt with accordingly. 


Still can’t solve your clogged bathroom sink issue? Call us today to get help. 

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