How to Unclog a Clogged Bathroom Sink Drain

How to Unclog a Clogged Bathroom Sink Drain

Is your bathroom sink clogged? Does it drains slowly or doesn’t drain at all? Here are some quick and easy do-it-yourself ways to unclog a clogged bathroom sink drain. The same steps are also applicable to if your kitchen sink is clogged.

A bathroom sink that drains slowly or doesn’t drain at all can be a real problem. I faced this problem several times but then I learn how to unclog a clogged sink and how to take preventive measures to avoid clogging. You can easily fix a clogged sink by learning how to unclog a bathroom sink.

To start with, bathroom sinks can get clogged more often than kitchen sinks because kitchen sinks often get hot water that helps to clean any unwanted greasy and oily material. This may not be the case with bathroom sinks until you have a hot water dispenser.

Prevention is better than cure. I suggest that you pour at least a bucket full of hot water in the bathroom sink every month. Hot water will help to clean all unwanted material that promote clogging.

But my bathroom sink is still clogged. What should I do now? How do I unclog it?

Ok. Here are some quick and easy DIY ways to unclog your clogged bathroom sink in no time.

How to Unclog a Clogged Bathroom Sink Drain: Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Flush the Sink with a Bucketful of Hot Water. Hot water will help loose and clean unwanted clogging materials such as – gel, toothpaste and other personal care products. Repeat if required.
  2. Use a Plunger to Clear the Clogged Sink.
    • Make sure the suction cup of the plunger is large enough to cover the drain opening.
    • Fill the clogged basin with enough water to cover the plunger cup.
    • Coat the rim of the cup with petroleum jelly. This will create a tight seal.
    • Use wet rags to block any otheroutlet such as another sink. This will create a vacuum.
    • Give 15 to 20 strokes to the plunger. Repeat if required.
  3. Use Drain Auger to Snake a Drain. Here are easy and simple steps to do it yourself:
    • Remove any filters or stoppers from the auger and guide it through the drain opening.
    • Slowly and carefully work the auger around bends in the piping as you move it through.
    • When the blockage is hooked, pull the auger back a little to free it.
    • Turn the handle of the drain auger to bore it through the clog and then push it through the pipe or pull it out through the drain.
    • Try to feed the auger through a system clean out if it doesn’t work through the drain.
    • If the clog is too deep, unscrew the couplings and remove the sink trap. Now feed the auger through the drain pipe to free and extract the clog
  4. Unclogging bathroom sink with Chemicals. I don’t recommend using chemicals to unclog a clogged sink. Our skin is too sensitive to these chemicals and can even burn your skin. They can even damage the drain pipes. Here are some preventive measures if you use any chemical to clear a clogged sink:
    • Make sure the bathroom is well ventilated.
    • Avoid contact of the chemical with skin and eyes. Always wear rubber hand gloves and eye protection.
    • Read labels carefully before use.
    • Never mix chemicals and don’t use chemicals in combination with a plunger.

If none of the measures solve your problem, there could be some problem with the plumbing system. Call a plumber or an expert to fix the problem.

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