Tips For Fixing A Clogged Bathroom Sink

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Having a clogged bathroom sink can be an annoying problem in your home. Water that won't drain can overflow and ruin your bathroom floor or cause foul smells that would make the bathroom unsanitary and disgusting. 

If only your bathroom sink is affected by the clog, the problem is probably centralized in that drain only. However, if you are experiencing sink clogs in your kitchen and other areas, you may have a more serious problem in the main pipes that would need to be fixed by a professional.

Here is a look at simple steps you can take to fix a clogged bathroom sink. 

Clean the pop-up stopper

The first likely culprit for a bathroom sink clog is accumulated debris beneath the pop-up stopper. To unclog the drain, pull out the stopper and clear it of any debris by scrubbing it with a small brush. You should then rinse it with warm, soapy water to remove accumulated gunk and place it back in the sink.

Next, pour in hot water to remove any accumulated soap residue, toothpaste, and other gunk in the pipes and turn on the water to see if the clogging issue is resolved. 

Use a plunger

If the sink is still won't clear, you may have a clog deeper in the drain that may need to be removed using a plunger. For starters, ensure that you stuff a wet rag inside the overflow hole on the bathroom sink. Failure to do so would allow air to escape into the drainpipe as you plunge, preventing your plunger from getting enough suction.

Next, fill the sink with enough water to cover the plunger cup and place the plunger on the sink opening, ensuring it covers the hole completely to allow for maximum suction. You can now plunge slowly to allow air to be dispelled from the cup and then proceed to plunge up and down in short, powerful thrusts. If the clog is dislodged, the water in the sink will typically drain out at once. 

Snake method

If the plunger method fails to work, attempt to dislodge the clog manually. To do this, bend a small hook on a long piece of wire and snake it down the drain. Next, you should fish out the clog or wriggle the wire so as to dislodge any debris clogging the drain. Finally, pour boiling water in the sink to clear out any stuck goop in the pipes. 

If you still can't unclog your bathroom sink, you may be dealing with a serious clog located further down the pipes. It's time to call in a company like Rapid Rooter Of Central Oregon.

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