I’ve unclogged our sink before–taken apart the pipes and cleaned everything out with the diaper sprayer I still have attached to the toilet. It’s a PITA, but it’s better than spending a couple hundo on a plumber.
Our sink has been draining slowly for a while, but I didn’t do anything about it. Then I had the bright idea to plunge it and suddenly it wouldn’t drain at all.
So I took off the pipes and cleaned everything out. SO MUCH GROSS AND DISGUSTING.
Then I cursed a ton trying to reattach the u-pipe and turned on the water and watched it drain beautifully…until it stopped.
Evidently the clog was way back, in the pipes behind the wall.
So I took off the u-pipe again and stuck a hanger back there. But I couldn’t get it past the next turn in the pipe.
Next I bribed my tantruming 4yo to visit the hardware store with me, where I bought an auger and a special sink plunger, and where he got a “drain monster sword.”
I managed to get the auger a good five feet into the pipe, and it pulled out some gross stuff, but nothing that would explain such a tough clog. Still, I hoped for the best, reattached the u-pipe (with much cursing again) and turned on the water, which drained beautifully again, until it didn’t. Again.
Next I cursed myself for not buying some f*cking chemical drain cleaner at the f*cking hardware store, while checking to see if the internet had any wisdom to impart.
Many cups of vinegar and baking soda later, plus a few more plunges, and we’re at a standoff, and the clog is still winning.
We only have one bathroom and two sinks in our house, so this is really frustrating.
I’m taking a rest before going in for round five.