anytime plumbing
04 Feb

How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink

A clogged sink is not only a nuisance, but it can also create a lot of problems. It can flood your floor and walls, is unhygienic, and sometimes hard to get rid of. Here are some of the best solutions to efficiently unclog your bathroom sink.

What Makes Your Bathroom Sink Clog?

Before you choose the right approach for your DIY plumbing project, you need to figure out why your bathroom is clogging in the first place. Instead of tackling the problem blindly and making experiments that might worsen it, a little research will take you much closer to your goal.

Most commonly, a bathroom drain is slower because of debris accumulating in the drain pipes, such as hairs, scum, soap and product build-up, or debris from cleaning supplies. In fewer cases, a plumbing issue might cause your bathroom sink to become clogged, but usually, it comes with other problems as well.

How to Unclog Your Bathroom Sink

There are several ways in which you can unclog your sink drain. Try the boiled water first and move on to more radical methods if results fail to show.

  • Boiled Water

One of the simplest and cheapest ways to unclog your sink is to pour boiled water down the drain. Heat a big pot of water until it boils, then carefully pour it directly into the drain. Careful, if you have PVC pipes they might be damaged by this method, so skip it. Similarly, if your sink is made of a more delicate material, like porcelain, try to keep the water only in the drain. The hot water is supposed to dissolve and dislodge the debris.

  • Solvents

If the debris is too dry, fatty, or hard and the boiled water method fails, move on to special solvents. You can find them at any convenience store, in the form of liquid, granules, or powder. Follow the instructions on the package and wait the recommended amount of time until the solvent does its job.

  • Plunger

If pouring water or solvents didn’t help, just take out the good ol’ plunger. You need a cup-shaped one for this task. Remember to fill in the sink with water halfway before using it. Apply firm movements and try to create a vacuum that dislodges the debris.

  • Snake

If your sink still appears to clog all the time, get a wire drain snake. With it, you can directly reach the clog and break it apart, so that it drains with water. If the snake seems to meet something very hard, try not to force your way in, as this might damage the pipes themselves.

If you have tried the solutions above and your problem didn’t go away, it’s time to call a plumber. Your pipes might need to be taken apart to see if there is any stubborn clog or any other issue that might cause your sink to clog.

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Amer Zaghlouleh is the owner of Anytime Plumbing Inc., a trusted plumbing company serving Santa Cruz County. With a focus on delivering quality work and reliable service, Amer has established himself as a respected professional in the industry. He believes in providing honest and trustworthy plumbing solutions to every customer, ensuring their satisfaction and peace of mind. With years of experience and a commitment to staying updated with the latest technical advances, Amer and his team at Anytime Plumbing Inc. are fully equipped to handle any plumbing job with precision and efficiency. Trust in Amer's expertise and dedication for all your plumbing needs.