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Old 09-19-2014, 06:42 PM   #1
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Sink drainage is slow

Is there a combination of household products that can clean the drain a little to drain better? Getting a little slow. Thanks
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Old 09-19-2014, 06:58 PM   #2
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try baking soda and boiling water
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Just fixed the same problem. Tried a snake from the sink to the grey tank but got stopped somewhere so I got a gizmo you hook to a water hose. It fits in the sink drain hole and expands and forces water under pressure to clean the pipe. Worked like a charm. Now have great quantities of clear water coming out the drain. I was a little worried about the pipe exploding but it didn't happen. Got the gizmo at ACE but it is probably available at the big box stores also.
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baking soda and vinegar floshed after sitting a while with hot water, works for me. i'm not daring enough to use boiling water.
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Have you tried cleaning the trap? Also, sometimes lots of gunk accumulates around the bottom side of the drain. A think piece of wire, maybe a toothbrush, etc. could be pushed down the drain from above to clean the first 8 inches of drain pipe.

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You could also just disassemble the trap (putting a buckets or pan underneath when you take it apart) and clean it out by hand. If the trap is clean then you likely have some blockage downstream and the power rodding approach mentioned above should work.

If you must use the chemical approach, I would suggest the baking soda and vinegar system previously mentioned. I would hesitate to use harsh chemicals such as Draino or lye since there are some potentially sensitive parts to your plumbing system that do not exist in a typical home environment.
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Also, there is this really handy thing I use for home drains.

It's about $5. Got it at a local "old guys" hardware store.

It looks like a really long (maybe 18 inch long) plastic zip tie with teeth/barbs on it, with a loop at the top to hold it. You insert it down the drain and then pull it back out towards you. The barbs catch hair and soap bits and bring them back up. And re-useable. A great use of $5. Especially for anyone with old plumbing in their house that you don't like to pressure plunge.
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Baking soda, vinegar and hot water..is magic!
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smells good too!
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