DIY Sink Trap Cleaning

It’s common for a household sink to get congested, and often this means you will have to get rid of the trap under the sink to eliminate the particles. In a simply a couple of simple steps you can have your sink draining properly in no time.

Initially, a few pointers to try prior to eliminating your drain:

Initially, run some extremely hot water down the drain in an effort to clear clog
If that does not work, attempt utilizing a plunger in the sink – lower slowly, then bring up rapidly
If these do not work, it’s time to eliminate the drain
Tools you will have to get rid of the drain:
Container, wrench or channel lock pliers, rags, cleaning up brush, masking or duct tape.

Action 1:
First, locate the drain trap under your sink. The pieces you will most typically see under your sink are: a tailpiece, slip joint nuts, a “J” formed trap (” J” bend), a waste arm and a section of pipeline coming from the wall. Together, these pieces are commonly described as a “P-trap”.

Action 2:

Place a bucket or meal pan under the trap to catch any water that may come out as the trap is being removed.

Action 3:
Unscrew the slip joint nuts on each side of the “J” area of the trap. You might be able to do this by hand, however if your plumbing is older, it is most likely you will need to utilize channel lock pliers or a wrench to loosen them. If you have a metal or ornamental surface on your trap, utilize a strap wrench to prevent scratching the finish. Or, you can utilize masking or duct tape on the inside of your pliers to prevent scratching the surface. Another technique would be to place a rag over the slip joint nuts prior to utilizing the pliers or wrench, so that the tool does not come in contact with the metal finish.

Step 4:
As soon as the slip joint nuts are loose, continue to untighten them by hand and remove the trap. Remember to have your pail convenient! This is where it can get untidy as there is normally water in the bend of the “J”.
Step 5:
With the trap removed, you will see that in between the slip joint nut and trap there is an o-ring. Be sure to put these in a safe place as they are extremely necessary to seal the connection. Also, keep in mind the order these parts are in: the slip joint nut will go onto the tail piece then the o-ring, then the threaded trap end (very same for the side linking to the wall).

Action 6:
You can stuff a rag into the pipe originating from the wall to prevent any sewer gases from showing up into your house.

Step 7:
Use a bottle brush or other cleaning tool to eliminate any debris found in the trap. You can likewise gently clean the tailpiece coming from the sink, and a little into the pipe in the wall to get rid of any “gunk” that might exist. It’s likewise not a bad idea to take the trap to another sink and wash it out, this will get rid of any left over soap scum or residue that could add to another obstruction in the future.

Step 8:
With all the parts tidied up you can now start to reassemble the trap. Again, noting the order the parts are installed: the slip joint nut will go onto the tail piece or wall pipe, then the o-ring, then the threaded trap end.

Step 9:
Hand-tighten the slip joint nuts until tight. Use your wrench or pliers to tighten a quarter turn more. Beware of two things: Do not cross thread and do not over tighten up! Plastic traps, specifically, will crack if over tightened.


If you are looking to make this job a bit easier in the future, have a look at our Add-A-Trap catcher. These items have actually built in functions to prevent blockages and make it simple to obtain items lost down the drain.
Some traps have a cleanout plug on the bottom of the bend. To clean up these kinds of traps, just loosen the plug and utilize a stiff wire to snag and eliminate the clog. Make certain to have a container under the drain because there will be water in the bottom of the trap.
Some find it practical to place a towel, or piece of masking tape over the sink and/or faucet to remind themselves and others not to use the sink while unassembled.
We do not suggest pouring risky, hazardous to your health (and in some cases your pipes), bad for the environment, products into your drain to clean up blockages. Physical elimination of hair and other particles is best. The routine use of a safe product such as Roebic K-67 can assist avoid slow drains and blockages.
Regrettably, there actually is no replacement for manually removing a hair blockage. Chemicals utilized to remove hair obstructions are often ineffective and often result in by hand removing the blockage anyhow. Not to mention how hazardous they are. If you discover that a great deal of hair goes down the drain in your home, you may consider buying a stainless-steel mesh strainer for your lavatory, tub or shower. These strainers are an affordable, simple to tidy way to assist keep your drain from blocking with hair so regularly.
The above actions can be helpful not only for unclogging your sink, but to obtain items fell the drain.

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