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Old 02-08-2009, 09:12 PM   #1
 
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Default Sink. Serious clog.

Drano (the green stuff) is NOT working. I've used it 4 or 5 times. It takes about 5 minutes for my bathroom sink to drain. I'll get a trap or whatever they're called to prevent this in the future. But what works to clear an existing clog?
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:14 PM   #2
 
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try a snake?
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:14 PM   #3
 
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You can buy a plastic snake at the hardware store. It has sharp edges on it that will grab the clogging material so you can pull it out. Just be careful, because you don't want the backsplash from the Drano to get on your skin.
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:18 PM   #4
 
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Is there another, chemical, way? I'm willing to be environmentally unfriendly for this one. The thought of possibly seeing what's clogging my drain wigs me out majorly.
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:57 PM   #5
 
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When it's time, flush the Drano with really really hot water. That should make a big difference.
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Old 02-08-2009, 10:04 PM   #6
 
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Drano is a pretty strong acid but sometimes the clog might be so dense that the Drano may take longer than 5 minutes to eat it away.

I agree with trying the snake out next. Chemical drain cleaner should actually be a last resort because they are so hazardous to the environment and your health.
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Have you used a Zip it on the drain yet? I prefer those over a snake. If that doesn't work you might have to take off the elbow, that's the most common place for clogs to form.
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:49 AM   #8
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your title looks like "Sink. Serious dog" to me b/c i read w/o my glasses. i once spoke to a plumber once and he said he never uses Drano but another brand. wish i could remember for you though
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Drano often makes clogs worse...plumbers love it, because it keeps them in business. Drano makes it worse by dissolving just a bit of the clog, allowing that dissolved matter to get even deeper into the heart of the clog and form a solid mass. I prefer manual removal (snake) to clear clogs. Usually it's just hair in the elbow.
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:32 AM   #10
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I'd suggest a snake or a Zip-it, as long as there isn't Drano in there at the moment. Run some good hot water through there too.
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:38 AM   #11
 
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The clog remover liquid that has 2 parts to it works but be careful because it foams. Before you do that try a Zipit.
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Where is the sink? Yeah, is prolly a bunch of hair & other sordid items..ack! You're gonna have to get in there & dig it out...
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You're gonna have to Zip-it. Those things work really well. I usually have to convince my hubby to do it for me because, like you, the thought of seeing the actual clog makes me gag.

If you have to do it just try squinting your eyes a little so your vision blurs and you don't really "see" the clog..it helps a little. That's what I have to do. Then quick dump it in the garbage can and cover it up with paper towels or tie it shut. Then you can unblur your eyes!
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I am the one to unclog the drains, DH refuses because it is always my hair that causes the clog. I pull the mess off the zip it so I can use it again.

Even though it sucks I get a good feeling after unclogging the drain. One of those "Look at you go girl" moments of proud accomplishments. I did it by myself without any help, the drain is now my beyotch.
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I always snake. The gunk's not that bad. Jess2316 has some good ideas; just look away while you clear the gunk off the snake with a paper towel and throw it away.

Be glad it's not the toilet.
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I am the one to unclog the drains, DH refuses because it is always my hair that causes the clog. I pull the mess off the zip it so I can use it again.

Even though it sucks I get a good feeling after unclogging the drain. One of those "Look at you go girl" moments of proud accomplishments. I did it by myself without any help, the drain is now my beyotch.
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I always snake. The gunk's not that bad. Jess2316 has some good ideas; just look away while you clear the gunk off the snake with a paper towel and throw it away.

Be glad it's not the toilet.

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Where is the sink? Yeah, is prolly a bunch of hair & other sordid items..ack! You're gonna have to get in there & dig it out...
It's the bathroom sink. So yeah it's all my hair... Gonna get the zip-it today...
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I recently had to unclog my bathtub drain. Drano wasn't cutting it. I was able to get the stopper out & pull out all the hair, with the help of a pair of scissors. I swear I could make a wig out of all the hair I found in the drain. I knew what was clogging it, so I didn't want to call maintenance in to do it. I would have been so embarrassed. I can't believe I still have hair on my head.
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Chemical stuff- I used liquid plumber. That was until my old bathtub drain pipe busted. I bought and learned how to use a snake.
I use the zip it for the routine hair removal every week. Plus have a trap on the drain. It cuts down the use of the snake to once or twice a year.


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Even though it sucks I get a good feeling after unclogging the drain. One of those "Look at you go girl" moments of proud accomplishments. I did it by myself without any help, the drain is now my beyotch.

I know exactly how you feel. First time I did it myself, I was all Whoo-hoo! I don't need no stinking man to do this.
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