How To Clean A Slow Or Clogged Drain


Slow or clogged drain? Here is how to remove, replace, and clean out the p trap, j trap, and pipe extensions.

Fixing the slow or clogged drain.
1. Under the sink, you will see a Ptrap. This is the first curved pipe leading from your sink.
2. The P trap is designed to catch items that might be dropped inadvertantly in the drain such as a diamond ring. It also accumulates sludge, which slows or stops draining water.
3. Place a small container under the p_trap to avoid spillage of water in your cabinet when it is removed.
4. To remove the P trap, twist the pipe nuts, at both ends of the p-trap, counterclockwise. This can usually be done by hand. If not, use a wrench. Be sure you are turning the nut counterclockwise.
5. Next, remove the pipe extension attached to the sink. If you have a sink stopper, you will need to remove it first.
6. Remove the stopper from the sink.
7. Now remove the J trap attached to the wall pipe.
8. Next, clean out the pipes, lever, and stopper with water and brush or something to scrap the sludge out.
9. Reassemble the pipes in reverse order.
10. Orient the extension pipe correctly to allow the stopper lever to insert into the extension pipe.
11. Insert the stopper. Orient the stopper so that it will attach to the lever. Correct orientation depends on the model of your sink stopper.
12. Insert the lever into the extension pipe and into the stopper connector. Then lightly tighten the nut to attach the lever to the extension pipe. Make sure that you have the washers seated correctly.
13. Test your stopper to make sure that it is connected and working properly.
14. Attach the p-trap. Line up the p-trap to both pipes leading from the sink and the wall. Then tighten the nuts.
15. Check the tightness of all pipe nuts by hand. This is a drain, so the pipe nuts do not need to be tightened with a wrench.
16. Before testing for leaks, place a small container under the p-trap to prevent spillage of water in your cabinet.
17. Turn on water, fill bowl with water, then drain.
18. Check for leaks.
19. Job well done.

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