How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink: 4 Methods

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Ever been faced with the challenge of unclogging a bathroom sink only for it to clog up within a short period? Well, then you are like me. However, I will take you through some of the basic steps on how to unclog a bathroom sink, and then keep it unclogged for a longer period.

No doubt, having a clogged bathroom sink could be a real strain. Worse still, if you have kids, this could be a more regular ordeal, more than you could wish. The need to just walk into the bathroom, get you laundry done fast, have a bath and be off is something everyone desires. But it only ends as a dream for many. This article provides useful guides on having a clog-free bathroom sink.

What Makes a Bathroom Sink Clogged?

There are so many things that could result in a clogged bathroom sink. But most of it has to do with debris, hair follicles, greasy or oily substances, soap leftovers, toothpaste and other insoluble but small objects. The things that could cause a sink to clog are usually small enough to fit into the bathroom drains and then to the drain pipes.

However, because the sink drain and pipes are tiny, it becomes too difficult for debris and others to easily find their way to the chambers hence it clogs up.

4 Methods for Dealing with a Clogged Bathroom Sink

Method 1: Natural Agent method

Method 2: Non-chemical method

Method 3: Drain snake method

Method 4: Vacuum method

Tools needed for each method to unclog bathroom sink

Method 1: Natural Agents method
  • Drain stopper
  • Spanner or wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice
  • Vinegar
  • Clean rag
  • Boiling water
Method 2: Non-chemical method
  • Plunger
  • Screwdriver
  • Old toothbrush
  • Flashlight
  • Boiling water
Method 3: Drain snake method
  • Either a drain or plumber snake
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Bucket
  • Boiling water
Method 4: Vacuum method
  • Shop Vacuum cleaner (wet and dry)
  • Nozzle
  • Bucket
  • Boiling water

Per Method: Quick Steps on How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink

Method 1: Natural Agents method (vinegar + baking soda)
  • Depending on the severity, measure ¼ to ½ cup of the baking soda into a cup.
  • Get a cup of vinegar ready.
  • You might need to unscrew sink if not, that’s ok.
  • Now, pour the baking soda directly into the bathroom sinks drain.
  • Then pour the cup of vinegar onto the baking soda on the sink drain.
  • Expect a bubble. You can cover it with a rag to make the effect long lasting.
  • After 5-10 minutes you can pour boiling water down the drain. Pouring boiling water into the sink will help eliminate any greasy or oily substance left.
  • Once the boiling water cools enough, place the plunger on the bathroom drain surface. Make sure it covers the entire drain surface and then apply pressure.
  • Plunge at least 10 to 15 times for effective result.
  • Crosscheck to see whether the fluid or water can now drain out freely.
  • You can also pour lemon juice into the sink to remove any offensive smell.



Method 2: Non-chemical method

To unclog bathroom sink without using chemical:

1. Use the screwdriver to unscrew stopper if needed.
2. Use the wrench to loosen the bottom, u-bend and straight pipe.
3. Use the old toothbrush to clean out the inside of the stopper, u-bend, straight pipe for debris and other greasy substances.
4. From the sink drain, pour boiling water down the sink, so it comes out at the bottom and into the bucket underneath. It helps to eliminate all greasy substances besides hair follicles.
5. Make sure to screw everything into place afterward.


Method 3: Drain snake method

clear the drain with a snake1. Unscrew the sink drain.
2. Place bucket at the bottom of the sink.
3. Unscrew the P-trap or u-bend using the wrench.
4. Allow debris, hair follicle, and dirty water to drain into the bucket.
5. Use toothbrush to eliminate debris.
6. If you still have debris, then put a drain snake deep into the P-trap or U-bend to locate any debris still inside.
7. Continue this process until you are convinced debris is out.
8. Screw everything back into place.
9. Pour boiling water through the sink drain.
10. Check for improvement. If no major improvement, you might need the help of an expert as the problem is likely to be from the chamber.


Method 4: Vacuum method

shop vac drain hero1. Put a nozzle to the vacuum cleaner hose.
2. Place the nozzle into the drain and press it a little.
3. Turn on the vac on a few seconds.
4. Always stop vacuuming process to check for debris as they come out and then remove from the sink.
5. Once satisfied that the debris and hair are out, pour boiling water through the sink drain to eliminate oily substances.




Tips on enjoying a clog free bathroom experience

  • Always ensure you wash your bathroom sink as often as possible to remove things that could clog the bathroom drains.
  • Avoid dropping hair, debris and other things likely to clog bathroom sink.
  • Regularly pour boiling water into the sink to avoid clogging.
  • Occasionally use the non-chemical method to avoid having a clogged bathroom sink.
  • If you have metal drain pipes under your bathroom sinks instead of plastic you might need more technical help or chemical cleaners.
  • For most modern plastic pipe or plumbing systems, you might be able to use your hands to unscrew joints instead of a wrench.

As long as the sink is under use, the chances are that it would get clogged. The best way to ensure you enjoy a clog free bathroom sink always is by regularly cleaning the sink using some of the recommended methods.

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