How to Unclog a Sink


clogged sink

Stop for a second to think of how many times you go to your bathroom or kitchen sink every single day. From washing your hands, to brushing your teeth, to washing your dishes – sink upkeep is an important part of house. There are a number of plumbing problems that could arise from a clogged sink, such as horrible smells or pipe failure, so knowing how to unclog a sink is essential.


The first strategy to unclog a sink is to use your plunger. Plungers create suction power that could move around whatever is stuck in the sink and allow it to be more easily disposed of. Like a Jenga tower, any kind of movement in the sink can potentially cause a chain reaction of greater movement. So try plunging your sink, turn on the garbage disposal, and see what happens. If that doesn’t work, the next step is to try…

Vinegar and Baking Soda

For this strategy, the sink must not have any standing water. So you may have to manually dispose of the water if your clogged sink is backed up that badly. The first thing you do is take a cup of baking soda, and push it into the drain. Next, you take about a cup of vinegar, and pour that down the drain on top of the baking soda. Combined they’ll fizzle out a chemical reaction that will hopefully get rid of whatever is backing up your sink. This may cause a bit of a smell, but it is worth it if it works. If it doesn’t, then you should try to…

Clean the Pipes Manually

Underneath your sink, there are a few pipes where the sink logjam is probably taking place. For this strategy, you’ll probably need tools and a bucket that can potentially hold falling water. You will remove the P-trap, a U-shaped pipe, and see if it that is what’s clogging your sink. This is a fairly common culprit. Gravity isn’t kind to the P-trap, and it can easily collect gunk at its bow.

If it the P-trap isn’t the culprit, it’s time to call a professional. On Time Elmer Plumbing will figure out how to unclog a sink and get you back up and running in no time!

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