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.