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How to Unclog a Sink and When to Call a Professional

How to Unclog a Sink and When to Call a Professional

You’re brushing your teeth before you head out the door, and when you turn on the sink, you notice the water is pooling. Turning off the sink, you wait and watch your left-over toothpaste swirl slowly as the sink takes its time to drain completely. When this happens, it’s time to put some extra attention into the sink drain. 

What’s Clogging Your Sink?

You know your sink drain is clogged, but what causes this? Slow and clogged drains can be the result of several different issues, but usually a buildup of some kind inside the drains and pipes. 

Bathroom drains are commonly clogged by hair, soap scum, and product buildup from lotions, makeup, and more. Kitchen drains can get clogged easily from buildups of oil and food matter. Depending on the sink and the specific clog you have, certain removal methods may work better. 

How to Fix a Clogged Sink

Start by checking for soap scum or masses of hair. These are easy problems that you may be able to solve on your own. When soap scum is present, pouring boiling water down the drain, or baking soda and vinegar should loosen any buildup. If this doesn’t work straight away, plunging with water should help. 

Use long tweezers or hair-specific sink snakes to grab clumps of hair out of the drain. If this doesn’t solve the problem, then the p-trap may be clogged and it’s time for the professionals. While disassembling the p-trap is something you could do on your own, it’s often messy and time-consuming. 

Damaged pipes are another possible issue. Plunging them can resolve issues temporarily, but when there is severe corrosion, replacing them is the best option. 

Try these steps first:

  • Sprinkle baking soda down the drain, then add vinegar. Rinse with hot water
  • Use tweezers or another tool to remove the hair clumps. Rinse.
  • Fill the sink with warm water. Using a cup plunger, create an airtight seal over the drain. Pump the plunger a few times. Repeat if necessary.

Call in the Professionals

If these steps don’t work, call the professionals at Plumb Doctor today. Our expertise and tools will get the job done right.