Cleaning Sink Pipes: How to Clean Plumbing at Home

Updated on March 9, 2018
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Roselyn has been a freelancer for 40 years. She had been a street vendor, a baker, and a cook—until she found her niche: writing. :)

Importance of Plumbing Pipes

The plumbing system is about 15 percent of the value of the house. A sound plumbing gives far greater sale value to a house than poor plumbing. Clean and smoothly functioning pipes add convenience to standard of living.

Anyone can install the pipes but major plumbing installation jobs should be done by licensed and professional plumbers. It also pays to invest additional money on high quality materials.

The best place to buy your plumbing supplies is at the local plumbing store, or at the store where you bought the fixtures. Buying pipes from online stores can be fun but you must choose companies with good reputation.

Always buy top quality brands for your plumbing needs because they often offer stock parts designed to fit the main products perfectly.

Categories of Plumbing Pipes:

  • Kitchen Drains
  • Toilets
  • Tubs
  • Floor Drains
  • Fittings (Faucets and Valves)

Pipes Under the Kitchen Sink (Photo courtesy by scttrknndy from Flickr)
Pipes Under the Kitchen Sink (Photo courtesy by scttrknndy from Flickr)
Kitchen Sink Waste Pipes (Photo courtesy by Ian Haycox from Flickr)
Kitchen Sink Waste Pipes (Photo courtesy by Ian Haycox from Flickr)
Half Bath Pipes (Photo courtesy by hugheshalfbath from Flickr)
Half Bath Pipes (Photo courtesy by hugheshalfbath from Flickr)

How to Unclog a Sink Using a Drain Snake

How to Care for Kitchen Sink and Drain

The drain in the kitchen sink is the most used and most-often clogged. By watching what is emptied into the sink drain, clogging can be prevented. Regular use of biodegradable waste digester is also recommended.

Clogging of pipes is caused by liquid fats, coffee grounds, and small bits of food. Films of grease will form on the pipe walls and create build-up of small waste particles. Best practice: do not pour used oil down the sink drain. Collect all oily substances in a container with air-tight cover then dispose it with the garbage.

Minor clogs can easily be removed by using a plunger. It is a rubber suction cap attached to a long wooden handle. Cover the drain completely with the cap and push down several times. The forced gusts of air will push down the jam inside the pipe. If the sink has double drain, seal the other one to avoid splashing water all over the place.

Another way of removing clogs is by cleaning the pipe itself. Remove the J-bend or the P-trap. Place a bucket or deep basin right under the fixture to catch drippings and the clogging materials.

How To Unblock A Sink

The Cheapest Way to Unblock Clogged Pipes

Believe it or not, you'd only need 3 items: a box of baking soda, a cup of vinegar, and a pot of boiling water. Pour the baking soda in the drain hole; followed by the vinegar. The mixture will start foaming. Let it foam while waiting for the water to boil. Pour boiling water into the drain hole. This should remove the clogs; but if not, repeat the procedure one more time. If the second attempt failed, try using rubber suction or removing the 'bends' and 'traps'.

How to Unblock a Kitchen Sink and Waste Pipe

Plumbing of High-Rise Condos

My daughter lives in a high-rise building. Thirty-six floor, to be exact. Going up in the elevator is not just one of my anxieties. My secret concern has been the plumbing. I thought to myself: what if there's someone who flushes the toilet with sanitary napkin or diaper in the bowl? Not my daughter, but someone from above? The condominium is a forty-one-floor building.

I remember a news I read a while ago. Toilet bowls have clogged simultaneously. The caretaker had several options but he chose the cheapest first. He sent a memo to all occupants to flush the toilet bowl every 7 in the morning. And it worked! The plumbing needed a strong pressure of water to flush down the obstruction in the pipe. From then on, everyone flushes their toilet bowls every morning at the same time.

We live differently nowadays. Certain responsibilities must be observed. Do not throw small trashes outside the windows. Do not cook strong-smelling dishes inside your unit. There are lots of don'ts. You chose to live in such a place so live by the rules.


How To Unblock Sinks Clogged With Caught Hair

The Ultimate De-Clogger

When baking soda and vinegar did not work, there is the ultimate de-clogger--lye. Purchase one small can of lye in the hardware. They appear like small yellowish stones. Put all the content in the pipe of the sink. Pour one kettle-full of hot water and leave overnight. It also works well with the toilet bowl and bath tub.

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        maker 4 years ago

        I have the same problem, and will give it a try...

        Have a chearful life, wonderful time!!!

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        whitton 7 years ago

        Nice Hub. These are some great tips and steps on how to clean plumbing at home.

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        Calgary Plumber 7 years ago

        Yeah it can be amazing how easily a drain can get plugged - its always good to review your pipes at least every 6 months and flush these of any debris before they become too much of a headache.

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        Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

        Right now I am listening to a pipe squealing and humming and wondering what I can do about it. Not much, I think, because its on the supply side, not the outlet side. But it shows the importance of proper plumbing!

        Thanks for the tips about unclogging drains

        Love and peace

        Tony

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        quicksand 8 years ago

        Your Majesty, I wish you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year! :)

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        Roselyn Mendoza 8 years ago from Philippines

        Hi, Melinda! Thank you for the nice comment :D

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        Melinda L. Fisher 8 years ago

        Thank-you for such an informative read! I have heard of the baking soda before. The vinegar/baking soda mixture is a new one for me. I will have to try this one the next time I have a troublesome clog. I wonder if it would also be a good idea to maybe do the baking soda/vinegar mixture just as a prevenative measure every few months? Would that be a safe and cost effective preventative measure to do every so often? Thanks, again for the ideas. This is an issue we all face from time to time.Oftentimes, some can't afford to call the plumbers these days and must correct the problems ourselves.This was a very informative pice, Queen. =)

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