You can volcano in the disposal (with it off), then run with lots of cold water and the disposal on to flush out the gunk.
Maybe try putting something underneath to catch any overflow?
It’s always time for a drain volcano! If your pipes are metal and not PVC, follow it up with a kettle full of boiling water. If they’re PVC, just as hot as the tap allows. You may need to look into a snake or a Zip-it if it’s a persistent problem.
If you aren’t morally opposed to Drano (what? some people are!), then try that. It really does work. I like the gel stuff. If it gets to the point where you’d need a snake or a zip-it, or to disconnect the u-bend and clean it out, call management. It’s usually easier to fix the smaller stuff yourself without having to go through the hassle of other people in your space, even if it’s their job.
tried baking soda and vinegar. in all forms. 2 kinds of liquid plumbr.
i just tried the second kind. it said to wait 7 minutes.
i’m so tired of this.
things i’ve tried already-
- baking soda/vinegar
- aggressive plunging
- regular liquid plumblr gel
- the urgent liquid plumblr
still waiting to see if the fourth kind works. if not idk what else to do.
i’m kind of getting desperate.
anyone? any suggestions?
Depends how much hair. It’s worth a shot, but you might need a snake.
alierakieron replied to your post: So, my sink drain sort of got really clogged with food gunk (I know, I should use the strainer thing…) and the vinegar and baking soda couldn’t break it apart. I also separately tried bleach but that didn’t work either. And then I realized I had a plunger - it works on toilets, after all. So I filled the drain with water to get a good water seal - and plunged the sucker. It Totally Worked. You could hear it working! Might not be good in all cases but it sure helped me!
Although if you use the plunger in your sink you might want to bleach it. :P
I bleach mine after every use anyway. Once the problem is solved, pour bleach into your toilet bowl and let the plunger head sit in it for a while, then flush a few times to rinse.
I can’t believe I forgot about the plunger! Yes! Plungers work on drains, too!
We’ve had a lot of love for the Zip-it and/or drain snakes here.
Also note, I’m not against pulling out the big guns (Liquid Plumr or Draino) if it’s necessary; I just think people go to them too quickly without trying less caustic options first. You might want to give one of those a shot.
What is a “zip it?”
It may be worth getting a pipe snake (or having it professionally snaked) to start. If your pipes are metal, you can pour a kettlefull of boiling water down them every so often to keep them clear. If you have PVC pipes, your drain volcanoes should work after you snake it. Or you could try plunging your drain like you would a toilet.
I’m not opposed to Draino if it’s necessary, by the way. I just think people way overuse it, and it shouldn’t be used preventively.
My favorite thing for drains that doesn’t involve corrosive chemicals is about half a box of baking soda poured down/around the drain, and then a cup or so (maybe a little more) of white vinegar poured on top. Because: A) volcano. Which is AWESOME; and B) the reaction will help de-gunkify, albeit more slowly than commercial drain cleaner, but also in a way that’s better for your pipes. Follow up about an hour after your volcano by pouring a kettle or pot’s worth of boiling water down the drain. Maintain with boiling water down the drain every other week or so.