How Do I Unblock A Basin Trap?

How Do I Unblock A Basin Trap?

No one wants to deal with a clogged sink, but like most things in life this problem may be unavoidable. While you may think to grab your handy dandy snake to unclog your drain, most sinks use a basin trap that will likely need to be dismantled for proper cleaning. Before you start breaking down your sink, make sure you have all of the supplies you need:

  • Bucket
  • Bowl
  • Toothbrush
  • Washers

Luckily, sink traps are designed to help facilitate a quick and easy clean. You won’t even need to break out your toolkits, which can be a positive or a negative depending on how much you enjoy using a screwdriver.

The Cleaning Process

  • Before you start touching anything, place your bucket underneath your sink to catch any water or debris that pours out.
  • Loosen both the top and waste pipe check nut to remove the trap, and pour any water in it into your bucket.
  • Unscrew the two halves of your sink trap.
  • Now it’s time to clean – use the toothbrush to scrub away any gunk that’s built up on the inside of the trap over time, and make sure all the debris has been cleared out before putting it back together.

Now that you’ve reassembled your sink trap, run your sink to make sure that nothing’s leaking. You may want to keep the bucket positioned underneath the trap just to make sure that you don’t need to clean up any messy surprises.

Hopefully this quick fix solved your sink-related problems – if not, you may have a larger issue that requires further, and possibly professional attention. If you find yourself in this kind of situation, our plumbers at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain are ready and waiting to help. We’re available to come by any time of the day, any day of the year. No matter what your plumbing issue is, we can fix it. Give us a call at 888-794-0341 to set up a free home consultation today, or find your nearest bluefrog Plumbing + Drain location by typing your city, state or zip code into our ‘Find My Location’ map.

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