It happens to everyone: one day you’re happily washing your hands at your bathroom or kitchen sink, and suddenly you notice the water’s not going down the plug hole as it should. You wait for the water to drain and try to wash your hands again, but the situation is the same, and what’s more it’s giving off an unpleasant smell!
That’s when knowing how to unclog a sink comes in handy. But how do you unclog a sink if it’s the first time you’ve encountered the problem? Simple: this article contains all the info you need to unclog sinks as quickly as possible.
How to unclog a sink in 4 steps
It really is quite straight-forward – just follow the steps below.
Step one: Get ready
Before you start, make sure you put on rubber gloves and protect your clothing. Read the safety instructions on any equipment or products you plan to use.
Step two: Flush the clogged drain with hot water
- Fill a bucket with hot water and pour it from a height into the sink.
- Gravity will push the hot water down the drain, hopefully dissolving any grease or dirt blockage in its way.
- You may need to repeat this process more than once.
- If there’s already a lot of standing water in the sink you may find this method won’t progress the situation any further, so proceed to the next stage and learn how to unclog sinks with a plunger.
Step three: Use a sink plunger to unclog your sink
- Be sure you use the right type of plunger for the sink (toilet plungers are larger and a different shape).
- Make sure you don’t have too much standing water in the sink, and plug up any overflow pipes to prevent water coming back in through another opening.
- Make sure the seal is water-tight and you use a slow pumping action to shift any blockage in the drain below.
- Never use a drain cleaning product beforehand, as it could splash on you during plunging.