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How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink

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If you have a clogged bathroom sink, you have got to get that taken care of as soon as possible. The sink is not usable until you get this issue fixed, and leaving it clogged for a while can lead to foul odors and possibly an unsightly ring of muck left around the basin. That’s why knowing how to unclog a bathroom sink is essential. This is a task that even a DIY plumbing novice can complete. Only under extreme circumstances will you have to call in a professional plumber. There are several tried and true methods, and we will cover a few.

Why Is My Bathroom Sink Clogged?

Most likely, the sink is clogged from a buildup of hair, soap scum, and/or debris.

Vinegar and Baking Soda Method

Allow the sink to drain completely. Pour ¼ cup of baking soda into the drain. Then slowly pour 1-¼ cup of white vinegar into the drain, close it up with the stopper and let it sit for 20 minutes. Running hot water down the drain will help clear it out at this point. Repeat the process if necessary.

Using a Drain Snake

An auger also referred to as a snake, is what a plumbing professional will likely use. It is a tool that snakes its way through the pipe and hooks the clog so it can be reeled back out of the drain. It’s a good tool to have on hand for toilets, bathtubs, sinks…any drain. You can also spend a lot on a big powered snake or spend a little on a manual tool. You can try a wire hanger if you don’t have an auger.

Use Boiling Hot Water (Not with Porcelain Sinks)

This only works if your sink will still drain until it’s empty. If it is completely clogged and will not drain, then this method will not work. Slowly pour the boiling water and watch it drain. Repeat until the sink drains as it should.

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Plunge the Sink

If you have a plunger, this may get the job done. Remove the sinkhole cover and go to work with a standard plunger. Make sure there is a little water in the sink, so it’s wet enough for the plunger to create a tight seal, then get to work plunging.

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