Removing a P-trap to (hopefully) unclog the sink : HomeImprovement

So I’m a bit embarrassed to say I’ve never really looked under our kitchen sink until now, but I have a juicy clog that hasn’t come out (tried boiling water/baking soda and vinegar/a plunger) AND I’m currently unemployed so I decided to take a deep dive and peek under the covers…


…And it looks like a HOT mess down there. I tried using my friend, Google, but the features in this house can be quite odd and don’t really match up with the basic information out there. That said, I have a few questions if someone would be so kind as to help me understand what I’m looking at:

  1. The P-trap appears to be taped on. Can I just remove the tape and clear the clog? Do I need to tape it back up when I’m done?

  2. Speaking of putting it back, it appears to be moldy and maybe have a hole in it? Is that normal? Should I be attempting to just replace the thing all together?

  3. What in the ever loving god is that container on the right? It looks nasty and brown and as much as I don’t want to touch it with a ten foot pole, I do want it out of my kitchen and away from my water supply.

  4. Anything else look absolutely insane? This is an old house that had all the bells and whistles 40 years ago but now it just has outdated, mystery features that never match up with the DIY tutorials.

Thank you in advance for taking the time, even if you can’t help!

Also sorry for the messy sink in general. I’ve been avoiding the area since I haven’t been able to fix the clog and like to hide from my problems for as long as possible.

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