Two Men & A Vacuum
recently received an urgent message from a distraught homeowner, sent, for some antiquated reason, by telegram:
“Two Men & a Vacuum I need your help STOP Kitchen drain completely stopped up STOP Have attempted all green solutions STOP About to resort to extreme measures STOP Help before it is too late STOP”
Two Men & A Vacuum knew what they had to do. Without a moment’s hesitation, the trio took to their supply van and rushed off to the homeowner and kitchen drain in the midst of a crisis. Just as the homeowner was about to pour a bottle of dastardly chemicals down the drain, Two Men and a Vacuum reached the scene and yelled at him to halt. Not a moment too soon, the homeowner put down the chemicals.
After a brief inspection, Two Men & A Vacuum learned that the homeowner had tried just about everything to unclog his kitchen sink: baking soda, vinegar, boiling water, washing soda, enzyme cleaner, even a plunger! When none of these solutions worked, the homeowner quickly began to lose hope. Two Men understood the severity of the situation and went to get their tools. They would have to go where homeowners rarely strayed... into the pipes! Two Men removed part of the clogged pipe and were easily able to clear out kitchen debris and reattach the pipe without having to use any chemicals harsher than soap and water!
Many homeowners are nervous about delving into this aspect of their plumbing, but like most monsters and villains, clogged pipes become much less terrifying once you face them head on. Two Men and a Vacuum have the following instructions for homeowners needing to manually extract clogs from their sink piping.
To pull out a clog in the pipes under a sink:
1. Place a bucket or large bowl under your sink to catch any water that comes out of the pipes.
2. Identify the trap, or the bend in the pipe. Many newer pipes have a square-shaped plug that you can remove to access the trap in order to clean it out.
3. Remove the plug. Or if there is no plug, remove the entire trap by loosening the screws or fasteners that hold it in place.
4. Clean out either the plug or the entire trap with a stiff brush or a straightened coat hanger, ensuring that you pull out as much of the trapped debris as possible.
5. Wash the plug or trap with hot, soapy water.
6. Replace the plug or trap, making sure to test all of the seals to ensure that you don’t end up with a flood in addition to a clog.