Unclogging an Utility Sink Using a Wet/Dry Vacuum

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated December 4, 2015)

Utility sinks are designed to be used for so many different purposes, is it really surprising that they get clogged so often? Here is how you can use the perfect power tool to remove that clog and be able to keep the mess to the absolute minimum. Before starting though, you want to make sure that you have the proper cleanup materials handy, since no matter how much you may try to keep from making a mess, there will be one. All that you are going to need is some old towels, drop cloths, or sheets. Spread the drop cloth under the vacuum and around the sink, this is to clean up any potential blowback or spills that come from this process.

  1. Set up your wet/dry vacuum in your utility room as close to the sink as you can. Make sure that you have set up the vacuum as directed by the instructions that came with the vacuum, or as told by the rental agent. You want to make sure, whenever you use any type of power tool that you follow all the instructions. This is for your safety, as well as ensuring that you do not damage the tool so that you can get your deposit back.
  2. Hook the hose of the vacuum into the "blow" or "exhaust" position and stick the hose into the drain, forming as tight of a seal as you can. You are going to use the positive air pressure from the vacuum in an attempt to break up the clog in the drain. You are going to initially hear a high pitched hum or whine from the vacuum as the air pressure is generated to break up the clog. When the blockage has been broken up, you are going to hear a distinct change in the sound of the vacuum's motor.
  3. There may be a blowback from the air pressure, which can lead to mess, so be prepared to clean up any dirt and gunk with old towels.
  4. If there doesn't seem to be any change in the drain's water flow, then you are going to want to switch the air hose to the suck position. By switching the position of the hose back and forth several times, you are simulating the action of a plunger, but with greater force.
  5. Another benefit from using the suck position is that all of the mess get's sucked up into the holding canister of the vacuum. This leads to less mess and a much easier clean up, as long as you do not spill the canister.

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Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...

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