Imagine this: your alarm didn’t go off and you got out of bed minutes later than usual. As you rush to brush your teeth and look somewhat presentable, you realize that your bathroom sink isn’t draining. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there. An uncooperative bathroom sink can be a major nuisance, particularly during your morning rush out of the door.
The best way to tackle this issue is by contacting your local plumber as soon as possible. However, you may be interested in performing these repairs by yourself. We compiled the six best ways on how to unclog a bathroom sink:
1. Get Creative with a Wire Hanger
Surprisingly enough, a simple wire hanger can be one of the most effective ways on how to unclog a bathroom sink. The best part is that you can use any wire hanger in your home. To begin, unravel the wire hanger and extend it as far as possible. Afterwards, take the end with the hook and push it down the sink.
Move the hanger up and down and along the sides of the drain. Slowly pull up the hanger. You will notice that you pulled up all sorts of gunky stuff with you- hair, muck, and product residue. If you see all of the gross stuff come out, that means that you succeeded! Just to be on the safe side, you may want to repeat this process several times.
2. Mix Up Vinegar and Baking Soda
Vinegar and baking soda are your best friends when it comes to unclogging a bathroom sink. To get started, mix equal parts vinegar and baking soda in a cup. Once the mixture fizzes, pour it down the drain immediately. Allow the mixture to sit in the drain for about an hour. After an hour, flush out the drain with hot water for a few minutes. If you prefer, you can also pour the baking soda and vinegar down the drain again to be on the safe side.
3. Simply Boil Some Water
Another easy way on how to unclog a bathroom sink is by boiling hot water. Boil a full teapot and pour the hot water down the drain in increments. This process should help dislodge the hair, toothpaste and grime that typically clogs the sink. If you feel that another round is needed, repeat the process all over again. Boil a second pot and pour it down the drain. Hot water is perfectly safe for pipes, and you’ll see rapid improvement.
4. Give Those Pipes a Good Cleaning
For stubborn clogs, you may need to roll up your sleeves and get the toolbox. For serious clogs, you need to remove the sink trap located under the sink. In order to be on the safe side, put an empty bucket underneath the pipe in order to catch any water or muck that will inadvertently come down. In order to remove the trap, loosen the slip nuts at the ends of the pipe.
After you successfully remove it, flip it upside down and shake it out in the bucket. If you are having a hard time removing all of the debris, use an old toothbrush to brush off any excess muck. Make sure you rinse out the trap before you secure it back under the sink. Since there are many steps involved, you may need to get a second pair of hands to help you out.
5. Mix Up Some Vinegar and Salt
Similar to the concoction of vinegar and baking soda, you can also mix up baking soda with salt. Indeed, salt is a great substitute for baking soda and it is even more potent. To create the mixture, pour half a cup of vinegar into a cup, and throw in a half a cup of salt. Once the mixture fizzes, immediately pour it down the drain. Wait about an hour or two for the mixture to work its magic, and then run hot water for about ten minutes.
6. Buy Some Tough Chemicals
If all else fails or if you simply don’t have the time, go to any home hardware or most grocery stores to purchase a drain cleaning solution such as “Drano.” Upon purchasing the product, ensure that you closely follow the instructions spelled out on the back.
One key thing to keep in mind is that chemical solutions for unclogging pipes are extremely strong. As such, do not exceed the time limit indicated on the bottle. Also, rinse out the pipe for an extended length of time, even longer than indicated, to be on the safe side. It is also strongly recommended to open up a few windows to ensure that the chemical smell is dissipated quicker.
Whatever method you pick to unclog your bathroom sink, it is important to address the issue right when you notice it. Once a clog starts, it is easy for it to get worse. Good luck with your unclogging!