Drain Cleaning - How To Remove The Trap

A clogged sink can be a major nuisance in your day to day life. Many times the occurrence is due to the build up of grease, hair or other unwanted items that need removing. Once you notice the problem it is important to clean the drain as soon as possible to avoid making the build up worse. 

Drain cleaning can often be done through some very simple methods, usually with the assistance of a basic drain cleaning fluid, which can be bought at your local hardware store. Other times, it may be necessary to remove the trap and physically remove the items causing the block. The trap is the U-shaped piping located under your sink. Its purpose is to keep any sewage gases from coming back up through the drain and into your home, however, due to its design, it is often the cause of drain blockage and occasionally needs to be cleaned. This will require some additional effort, but is easily done.

You'll need some basic tools and materials, which include a drain cleaning coil, a small bucket and a large wrench in case the piping is too tight to remove by hand. The drain cleaning coil is a large metal wire brush with a handle on one end that allows you to rotate the coil while inside the pipe. This is the best tool for drain cleaning situations. 

Remove the trap and clean

To remove the trap, simply place your bucket underneath it. Typically, the slipknots that connect the trap can be removed by hand but if they are too tight then use a large wrench to assist. Unscrew the slipknots slowly and let the water inside drain out. Remove the trap and use a flashlight to search for any blockage. If it is clear that the blockage is there then remove it with your hand and dispose of it.

For added measure, remove the additional piping that connects to the wall with your hand. Insert the brush end of your drain cleaning coil into the wall and rotate the coil to remove any additional items that may be causing blockage. Remove the coil and reconnect the piping the way it was. 

Connect the trap and securely fasten the slipknots to their normal state. Run your faucet to make sure that the problem has been amended and the sink is ready for normal use. If the problem persists, then the block may be deep within the walls and it may be necessary to call a professional plumber.