Wednesday, January 25, 2012

unclogging the RV sink

We had a storm roll through this morning, but it was not as bad as the hail storm from a few weeks ago. We got a little hail with today's storm, but still not nearly as bad! But I do have a leak around my big picture window. I thought it was because I probably needed to add fresh glazing bead, & that still could be it. (the fat stuff, I replaced the skinny stuff & it doesn't leak there) I'll have to ask when I get my RV in to a few folks to look at it. The only thing I noticed was that water was pooling on the frame, so got a towel there before it dripped down the wall. And for whatever reason, the plastic is still holding!! Thanks plastic gods for looking out for that! At 2:30am, the winds blew through, loud & strong! Woke me up, then I could not go back to sleep. Rock-a-bye-baby doesn't work for me!! My antenna was rocking around on the roof, so I cranked it down. I went outside to inspect anything that could fly into the RV or if everything on the RV itself was secure. I secured the clips on the vent opening to the kitchen from the outside. No more flapping from it. I need to replace the antenna handle, the last time I did it, I glued it on! Um, might not have been the smartest move because now I have to break it off. The handle part broke in half & now there's just a stub to deal with. I have to use garden gloves on my hands to twist....er, turn it.
I've decided to fight the insurance company. Last weekend, several RV folks thought that it should be covered. I have a statement from Camping World that the problems are due to damages of road debris that I got hit by. I want to get at least two more statements if possible to make the case stronger. Now getting the RV to a couple of other people has been a challenge for me because of time or weather.
I also got my vacuum sweeper out & sat it on the floor. So far, it's not done a thing! Isn't that how it's supposed to work? You sit it there & it goes to work? Maybe if I plug it in, then it will go to work? Maybe that's the problem? Yes, that must be it!



Oh yea, the post was supposed to be about unclogging the sink. Mine isn't clogged, but I read on someone's blog (Tioga George   http://blog.vagabonders-supreme.net/) how to unclog your drain. His was clogged. But in reading it, it was also suggested you do a baking soda/vinegar thing once monthly. My gray tank doesn't drain as quickly as it used to, so I think I'll try the baking soda method in hopes of helping to clear the system. I'm guessing that I should drain the tank first, then try? What do ya'll think?  Here's how you're supposed to do this:
http://www.ehow.com/how_4504_unclog-sink-naturally.html

How to Unclog a Sink Naturally


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The simple ingredients of baking soda and vinegar can unclog sinks. Best of all, you're fixing the problem without pouring anything toxic down the drain.
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Difficulty:
Easy

Instructions


Things You'll Need


  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
    • 1
      Remove contents from sink.
    • 2
      Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drain.
    • 3
      Pour in one cup of vinegar into the drain.
    • 4
      Cover the drain with a lid and wait fifteen minutes. The baking soda and vinegar will have a chemical reaction, breaking down the clog.
    • 5
      Rinse the drain with hot water to clear it out.
    • 6
      Repeat if necessary.


Tips & Warnings

  • You may need to use a plunger to help break the clog.
  • Use each product sparingly.


Read more: How to Unclog a Sink Naturally | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4504_unclog-sink-naturally.html#ixzz1kVIHG0LA


I hope everyone is having a great day - thanks for stopping by. Please give your opinions on maintaining the sink if you care to.

~As always, be kind to your pets, clean up after them on your travels & respect your neighbor~

14 comments:

  1. I've been leary about using kitchen cleanser, baking soda or soft soap in the RV. My thinking is that it will sink to the bottom of the gray tank and build up on the bottom of the tank.

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  2. Noticed you guys got hit hard again with the rain and storms. We're supposed to get them this evening and through the night.

    I'm glad to hear you're going to fight the insurance guys... boo hiss on them... what did the insurance cover ? - just if you had a wreck?

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  3. Thanks Teri, I do use softsoap. I got a thing of foam soap for c'mas though & it's pretty good stuff, so maybe I'll switch over to that.

    Carolyn, I have full coverage on the rig! They are supposed to take care of things like damages. I was told to report them to the insurance board if they refuse to work with me. I still need to sit down & write a letter of protest. CW told me I'd might have a problem with them due to the age of my rig. They said this happens all the time with older rigs - grrrrr

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  4. I meant to type softscrub, its a gritty cleaner. I think that the soft soap hand soap is ok to use. But, this is just my opinion on the gritty soaps.

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  5. Thanks for clarifying that Teri. I agree, I'd not want to use softscrub in my RV either. I used to use it in my homes though. Funny, I've not thought of that stuff in years.

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  6. My kitchen sink has never clogged on me so I don't know about using the vinegar and baking soda routine. I try not to use much of anything when I clean except water and a little soap.

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  7. Sandie, I've never had to use anything other than a light cleaner either. I guess I was curious over the use of baking soda as a preventative purpose. Thanks for your comment!

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  8. using some things in a rig with the plastic pipe or what ever they used is always a concern. When I first got the rig I used that softscrub because I knew cleanser wasn't good. But now that its mentioned how it can sink to the bottom of the tank is a thought.
    Thanks for that tip.

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  9. Good to know! Since living on my 5th wheel, (going on 6-7 years now) I've been extra special careful about wiping off all grease from pans and dishes with paper towels before running any water over them into the sink. I was told by other RVers that these little sinks are more prone to clogging due to that. So far I've had no clogs so there might be something tuit. :o)

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  10. I tend to avoid cooking splattering types of food. But my kitchen is surrounded by mini blinds, imagine trying to clean grease spots off those! When I clean those, I've found that the wet wipe type of cloths work best.
    Winderly, I do the same. I avoid putting grease down my sink too, I use a coffee can to drain it into, then wipe the pans or whatever out with paper towels. I also use dawn as it really does break grease down. I'm going to do a baking soda test with vinegar in a jar just to see if the baking soda totally dissolves. Better do that outside huh? ;-)

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  11. Vinegar and baking soda technique are in fact, the common natural solutions for unclogging sink and drains. However, if that doesn’t work, you need to proceed to the next solution, and that is the plunger and plumber’s snake technique. Here, you need to use a plunger alone, or together with the vinegar and baking soda solution. Again, if it doesn’t work, then consider snaking the drain with a plumber’s snake. After having tried everything, and still with no progress, you may need to call Mr. Plumber for that matter.

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    1. Right on, Bibi! Actually, I'll go for the natural method for unclogging sinks. It's friendlier for our pipes, because it doesn't damage them even though we keep doing it over and over, again and again. Hmm..I think you forgot to say that we need to use boiling water for better and faster results.

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  12. You are right, Bibi! Vinegar and baking soda are common solutions for unclogging a sink. The use of baking soda in cleaning your drains and garbage disposal harsh also prevents you from using chemicals that leave odor and residue in your sink. Take care now!

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  13. It seems like most of us here are pro-environment, which is pretty cool! Hehe. Natural ingredients are indeed safer to use. It’s a relatively simple matter, but it must be done properly so as to avoid damaging the plumbing system in the RV.

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