Tips for Helping You Unclog a Sink Like a Pro


Nothing ruins a day quite like a clogged sink. Water backs up, won’t go down, and you’re dealing with a big mess before you know it. While calling a professional plumber is always an option, sometimes you can fix the problem yourself.

You can unclog that sink with a little elbow grease and the right techniques to get things flowing again. These are some tips for helping you unclog a sink like a pro.

Use a Plunger

The first step is to grab a plunger and see if you can dislodge the clog. Put the plunger over the drain and ensure enough water is in the sink to cover the suction. Then, start plunging up and down vigorously.

If you don’t have a plunger handy, you can also try using a wire hanger. Straighten out the hanger and make a small loop at one end. Push the hanger down the drain and see if you can snag the clog.

Try a Drain Snake

If plungers and wire hangers don’t do the trick, it’s time to break out the big guns. A drain snake is a long, flexible piece of metal that you insert into the drain to try and physically remove the clog.

You can buy a drain snake at most hardware stores or rent one from a local home improvement store. Be sure to read the instructions carefully before use and exercise caution when inserting the snake into the drain. You don’t want to damage your pipes.

Make a Baking Soda and Vinegar Solution

If you’re dealing with a particularly stubborn clog, you may need to resort to chemicals. One environmentally friendly option is to create a baking soda and vinegar solution.

Start by pouring one cup of baking soda down the drain. Follow that with one cup of vinegar. The mixture will start to foam and fizz, which is normal. Leave it for five minutes, and then flush with hot water.

How I spent a Saturday morning…taking apart my garbage disposal after something got stuck in it and water backed up into the dishwasher…I fixed it, but I’d much rather spend a Saturday morning doing something other than this! Turned out that one of the kids/kiddos’ friends, “someone”, accidentally put gum down the drain!

Pour Boiling Water Down the Drain

If you don’t have baking soda or vinegar on hand, you can try using boiling water. Boiling water can help to break up the clog and get things flowing again. Just be careful not to pour too much at once, as you don’t want to damage your pipes.

Knowing what foods to avoid putting down a garbage disposal can prevent these clogs from happening, but once you have one, these tips can help you get rid of the clogs. With a little effort, you’ll have that sink unclogged and working like new again in no time.

One thought on “Tips for Helping You Unclog a Sink Like a Pro

  • Well damn!!! This is pretty good info. My daughter has extremely long hair and my husband usually drains in but he’s so damn busy with his new job. So I think I’m going to step up and see what I can do 😉

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