Do you have that one sink in your home that takes forever to drain? It may not be a pressing issue in your mind, but the longer you leave it, the bigger the problem can become. The issue is caused by a buildup of hair, toothpaste, and other scum that can get stuck on the sides of your drain and cause a partial blockage. Luckily, it’s not that difficult to unclog your sink on your own, and you don’t have to (and you shouldn’t!) use harsh chemicals, either.
1. Clean the Sink Drain Stopper
Your first line of defense is to pull up the stopper in your sink drain and get rid of any debris that may be clinging to it, whether it’s strands of hair, soap scum, or anything slimy or gummy. You may be able to just pull out the stopper, or you may need to detach it from the pivot rod, a small rod right under the sink basin, by turning the nut attaching it there. You can turn the nut with your hands or with a pair of pliers. Once it is detached, give the stopper a good wash to ensure it’s completely clean.
2. Physically Remove the Clog
It’s possible there is a collection of debris clogging the pipe further down the drain. There are a few ways you can physically remove this clog. You can use a flexible hair removal tool if the clog is not too far down the drain, or you can try a plunger. If neither of these devices help the problem, you may need to snake the drain.
3. Use a Safe Cleaning Solution to Unclog the Sink
In order to clean away any slime or sludge coating the pipe from your sink, you can use a safe chemical reaction instead of resorting to dangerous chemicals like Drano. First, pour about half a cup of baking soda down the drown. Follow that with half a cup of vinegar. The baking soda plus vinegar solution will bubble and fizz and should chemically break down any remaining slime lining your pipe in a safe way that won’t damage your sewer system. Give the solution a few minutes to work, even up to an hour, and then pour boiling water down the drain to clear away the broken up sludge.
A clogged sink can be annoying, but luckily it is also simple to fix. Of course, if you have trouble clearing the clog or feel like the issue is part of a larger plumbing problem, don’t hesitate to call a plumber! The experts at All County Sewer will unclog your sink and get your plumbing issue fixed in no time!