Noticing a clogged drain in the bathroom is never a treat so without having to call the local plumber, what is one to do? As the professionals know, there are many ways to actually unclog a drain so we’ve put together a short guide here on effective methods to quickly unclog a bathroom sink. There are five in total and for convenience, we have even put it in difficulty order. Start with the first one and work your way down till the drain is finally cleared. These same methods work just as well for kitchen sinks with some minor differences but feel free to give them a try there too. So let’s explore these methods in more detail.
1: The Plunging Method
Most clogged drains, especially a new one, can effectively be opened through using a simple plunger. For bathroom sinks, consider using the specially made shorter plungers as it allows for easier movement for higher positioned sinks. They also come with a smaller cup so you get a secure suction on the drain opening. More times than not, a plunger will be effective enough to dislodge the problem and let water move freely again, clearing the whole problem entirely. Slow drains may indicate a more serious issue that will need more of the following techniques to get to the problem.
2: Metal Coat Hanger Method
This simple tool, modified by straightening out an everyday coat hanger is every effective to unclog a bathroom sink. By fashioning out a little hook on the end, one can normally fish out even the most stubborn of debris. Before you begin this method, try to shine a light if you are able, to identify any offenders such as clumps of hair. This just will make it easier for you to find something to hook up to and pull. Some modern styled sinks do have drains covers that make this difficult so modifying the hook to allow it to slip through is what you have to do. The plunger method used in tandem with this is a very effective technique since the plunger helps to bring the source of the clog more into view or at the very least, into the range of the coat hanger hook.
3: The Trusty Plumber Snake
The plumber’s auger, or better known as the plumber snake is just like the crude coat hanger in application, but specially designed for dealing with clogged drains as it is made of much more flexible cable material. With longer lengths ranging from 2 feet to more than 6 feet, it can reach much further than any coat hanger can. Also, there is a hand crank at the end which allows one to drill into a clog to bust through, or allow the end to attach to something to make it easier for retrieval.
4: Household Baking Soda With Vinegar
One wouldn’t know it but simple household supplies such as baking soda and vinegar mixed together can make an effective solution to break up that clogged drain. Only reason it wasn’t mentioned sooner in this list is because it takes time to work. Pouring this mixture of equally portioned baking soda and vinegar, basically one to one, and waiting a few hours to break down the offending clog can be an adequate method. After some time, flush the drain with some hot water to see if it has worked.
5: Drain Pipe Removal
Lastly, if all the above methods still fail to solve the issue, one has to take the plunge and remove the sink elbow joint. Located right below, most sinks will have this connection as it was designed to capture valuables before they slip away completely down the drain. Issue is they are also prone to building up clogs by capturing hair and other unwanted debris over time. Take all the precautions before proceeding with this method such as placing a bucket to capture the water left in the drain as well as having the proper tools like a wrench. Remove the elbow joint and identify if the clog is there. If not, use the plumber snake from this point as you can reach further down and more than likely find the root issue.
Hopefully these methods described worked for your situation. More serious problems will definitely need the services of a professional, but we hope it won’t come to that!
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