Is your bathroom sink starting to drain slower than it used to, or not draining at all? Before you pick up the phone to call a plumber and waste all that money, here are a few tips you can try in order to unclog it yourself!
One of the most common reasons for a clogged bathroom sink is a buildup of hair in the drain. The first method you can try to unclog your sink is to use a plunger like you would when unclogging a toilet. This method is the most cost effective and the safest for the drain itself. Below are the steps to completing this method:
- First remove the stopper, which is the piece that fits in the drain in order to keep objects from going down the sink. If the stopper will not remove by pulling up on it, you can pull the pivot rod back, which is the long metal piece that can be found underneath the sink connecting the stopper to the operating lever on the faucet.
- After the stopper and pivot rod have been removed, fill the sink with around 4 inches of water. Use a rag to stuff in the overflow so water pressure is not lost.
- Now, just like you would a toilet, use a plunger to plunge the drain.
- Continue to refill the sink and plunge it until the water begins to drain at a normal pace again.
If the plunging method does not unclog the sink, the next method you can try is to use a sink (or hand) auger to pull the clog out. An auger is a tool that can help break up clogs. They can be bought at places like Lowe’s and Home Depot. Below are the steps to completing this method:
- First, you will need to locate the piece of pipe underneath the sink that connects at one end to the sink and at the other end to the wall. Once you find the pipe, locate the trap, which is the piece of pipe that is connected by two slip nuts (the thin round pieces that connect each section of the pipe together).
- Once you have located these areas, get a bucket and place it underneath the trap.
- Next, use a pair of pliers to loosen the two slip nuts and remove the trap. Let any water in the pipe drain into the bucket.
- Then, place the end of the auger into the drain and turn the crank. This will move the auger toward the clog.
- Once the auger reaches the clog, pull it out and dislodge the clog.
- Finally, reconnect the trap to the rest of the pipe using the pliers and slip nuts.
If the auger method also proves to be unsuccessful at unclogging the pipe, I am afraid you are now going to have to call a plumber. Good luck and happy unclogging!