It can be frustrating to deal with a clogged sink drain. With the correct tools and techniques you can remove the blockage.
In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process for snaking the pedestal sink drain. We will focus on the case where the clog was located in the trap, or trap arm. To resolve the clog, follow these step-bystep instructions.
- Assess the Severity of the Clog. If water does not drain, you will need to manually remove the standing water by using a bucket and a plunger. If water drains slowly or there’s a gurgling, the trap or arm is blocked.
- Gather the Tools You Need: To snake an under-sink drain, you’ll need a snake or drain auger as well as safety gloves, eye protection and buckets. These tools will increase your safety and efficiency.
- Prepare the Snake. Fully extend the snake, and ensure it is locked securely in place. The length of snake should be long enough to reach clogs in trap arms or the trap arm on pedestal sinks.
- Locate the Clean Out Plug: Many pedestal sinks come with a plug for cleaning the trap. It is usually located on the trap arm or at the base of the trap. This plug gives you access to the clogged part and allows the snake to be inserted.
- Remove the Clean-Out plug: Carefully remove the clean out plug using a wrench or pliers from the trap arm or the trap. Placing a towel or bucket beneath the plug will catch any debris or liquid that is released.
- Insert the Snake. After removing the clean-out plug, insert the serpent into the drain opening. Be careful not to push it. Gently guide the snake through the trap. Rotate the serpent clockwise while you advance the snake. This will help to dislodge any clog.
- When you snake the drain you may experience resistance, which indicates that there is a blockage. While rotating the snake, apply steady pressure in order to push the clog through. Do not use excessive force as this may damage your pipes.
- Break Up the Clog. Continue snaking down the drain. Move back and forth in order to break up any clog. You will know that the clog is gone if the snake feels loose. To ensure that all debris is removed, it is best to clean the trap and the trap arm thoroughly.
- Retrieve the Snake. After the clog in the drain has been removed, slowly pull the snake out of the drain by rotating it in the opposite directions. Prepare yourself for debris and water to spill out when you remove your snake. You can use a towel or a bucket to collect any residue.
- Replacing the Clean-Out plug: After removing the snake, clean the plug by removing all debris or residue. Reinsert carefully the plug in the trap arm or the trap. Tighten it securely.
- Test the Drain: Run hot tap water down the drain to make sure that the clog is gone. Watch the flow of water to check for signs of blocked drains or lingering obstructions. If needed, repeat the snaking or seek professional help.
It is easy to snake the pedestal sink drain when the blockage is in the trap. Follow the steps outlined on this blog to resolve a clog in your pedestal sink and restore drainage. Assess the severity and gather the required tools. Exercise caution during the entire process.
Avoiding the accumulation of debris and hair in the drain, as well as regular maintenance, will help to prevent future clogs. You should seek the help of a professional plumber if your clogs are persistent or severe. By using the correct techniques and making a small effort, you can maintain your pedestal sink and prevent the inconvenience of blocked drains.