DIY: How to Unclog Your Sink

Few things are more annoying than a clogged bathroom or kitchen sink. Some common sources of sink pipe clogs include: hair, soaps, grease, or a foreign object – such as a child’s toy.

Instead of calling a plumber or using harsh chemicals on your sink drains, there are a few other methods you can try on your own to take care of the clog. Remember, DO NOT mix chemicals together when you don’t know what their reaction will be.

  • Make use of a plunger. Make sure that the plunger’s cup covers the opening of the drain and hold it upright while you plunge 5-10 times. Remove the plunger from the sink and let some water trickle down from the faucet. Make note of whether the water seems to be draining better.
  • Use a combination of baking soda and vinegar. Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the clogged drain, followed by ½ cup of vinegar. A chemical reaction will occur inside of the sink’s pipes. After 15-20 minutes, flush the drain with hot water.
  • Use a mixture of baking soda and salt. This is a method you should attempt at night since you will need to let the materials sit in the drain for several hours. Pour one cup of baking soda and ½ cup of regular table salt down the drain. In the morning, pour two cups of hot water down the drain.
  • Make use of a hanger on the clog. If you have wire hangers, take one and unbend it to use as a snake in the drain. This will help you to pull out hair or other items.
If the above mentioned DIY tips do not work on your sink, you may need to call a professional plumber.