How To Clear Your Sink Trap
It’s common for a sink in the house to block. Though unclogging it may seem challenging, it doesn’t mean you should call a plumber. In most cases, unclogging a sink may require you to remove the trap to reach the deposits. In this post, we are going to show you how to clear a sink trap properly in no time.
Assembling essential tools
You will need the following tools;
• A container.
• A wrench or pliers.
• A cleaning tool.
Locate the trap
The first thing you need to do is to locate the trap. If you look keenly, you will find a drain trap under the sink. Trap drains have a tailpiece, slip joints, J-shaped bend and a waste arm. There is also a pipe connected to the wall.
Removing the Trap
Before you remove the trap, place a container under it to capture any water that might come from it. Identify the pipes that connect the trap to the sink. Use a wrench or pliers to remove the slip joint nuts that hold parts of the trap at the J section. If you have a beautiful finish that you don’t want to destroy, use a strap wrench. Once the nuts are out, pull down the trap and let the water drain in the container underneath.
Take note of the Joints
Once the trap is out, take note of the joint ring between the slip joint nuts and the trap. Keep them in a safe place because they are useful when assembling back the connection. Also, master the order of the joints to avoid trouble when you join them back later.
Keep sewer gasses off
Insert a rag into the pipe connecting the wall to block any gas from the sewer line from coming into the house.
Clearing the Trap
When clearing, use a thin cleaning equipment to get rid of deposits present in the drain trap. Don’t forget to check the tailpiece and the pipe connecting to the wall for any debris. Ensure you clean them thoroughly until they become clear. While cleaning, use soap to get rid of oily waste. Rinse the trap in a sink to remove any soap scum present, which might cause another blockage in future.
Reassembling the trap
You can leave the trap detached for some time to allow it dry properly. Once everything is clear, reassemble the trap. By now you should know the order in which the parts fit. One slip joint should fit the tailpiece while the other should go to wall pipe. Tighten the joints using hands, and use the pliers to make them tighter. Do this carefully, and make sure you don’t tighten it excessively.
The above steps will help you get things done perfectly without calling a plumbing service company. There are additional resources available at Express Rooter if you are interested in learning more.