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Clearing a Clogged Bathroom Sink

When the drains in the bathroom are backed up it can be quite a mess to deal with. Clearing the drain helps keep things stay clean in your bathroom. This is a guide about clearing a clogged bathroom drain.

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Clearing a Clogged Bathtub Drain, Pulling Hair From Clogged Drain
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March 23, 2015 Flag
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When the sink in the bathroom drains, the bathtub fills up with mucky black water. Then it slowly drains out of the bath tub.

By Jackie

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March 28, 20150 found this helpful
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One thing you could try, is blocking the drain in the bathtub, putting some water in the sink, and vigorously plunging the sink drain. It may be that a good plunging will dislodge the clog. I used to use this technique when I blocked the drain with gunk from my garbarator, and the other side of the twin sink would fill with foul water. Cover one sink, and plunge in the other.

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March 28, 20150 found this helpful

I agree with Dinah. The clog is further down the line, and you need a plumber to deal with it.

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May 2, 2016 Flag
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My son dropped FLARP noise putty down the bathroom sink! Should I do anything to help remove it or should it be okay to leave the sink alone? Should I go out and buy Draino or something? Maybe pour vinegar down the drain?

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    May 5, 20160 found this helpful

    This will clog your drain. But White vinegar full strength should dissolve it.

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    March 13, 2014 Flag
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    My bathroom sink is clogged. I plunge it. It drains like a tornado. Next time I use it, it is clogged again. I have also tried drain cleaners and a snake. Now what?

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    March 15, 20140 found this helpful

    I also wonder if there is not something stuck in the pipe, like a bottle cap or something, that you dislodge when you plunge, but that falls back into stuck position after. Try looking down the drain with a flashlight and see if there is something there. You may be able to get it out with a long magnet (if it is a metal something) or some sort of tweezers or tongs. If that doesn't work, I think you should call a plumber.

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    March 16, 20140 found this helpful

    I meant to say drain cleaners, not drainers!

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    December 1, 2012 Flag
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    I have a clogged sink. The water takes time to go down. I am thinking it's from hair dye. I once disposed of the remaining hair dye I was using down the bathroom sink. Could it be the hair dye I disposed of? It was 10-12-2012.

    The water just started not going down in the last week. We took the drain out and used a liquid cleaning chemical a couple times. Then we took the trap off and made sure it was clean. It was. We are thinking there must be a clog from the wall pipe out. Any suggestions, please?

    By JG

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    December 4, 20120 found this helpful

    You don't say whether you live in a house or an apartment. If it's a house, I would suspect a clog in the main sewer line. Call a plumber. It could be tree roots that have grown in to your sewer pipe.

    It's usually an easy fix for a plumber. They have a cutting tool that they run through your drain system and it chops away all the roots. You will probably have to get this done once every 2 years or so. I had it done for about $150.00. If you don't get it done, the roots will destroy you sewer line and you will have to have your yard dug up and the sewer pipe replaced. Very expensive!

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    December 17, 20120 found this helpful

    I'm not sure what type of drain you have, but before calling a plumber (who will just run a snake down it if is just a clog), you can take a long narrow object like a kitchen knife and see if you can pull hair out. Keep pulling and pulling. Most of the time a clog is just a build up of hair and why spend the money on a plumber if you can reach it yourself?

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    January 26, 2015 Flag
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    I have plunged, used a zip with teeth, used Draino, and even "Liquid Lighting" (virgin sulfuric acid with 12 buffers) the drain won't drain.

    By Cheryl R.

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    January 28, 20150 found this helpful

    I would also try the little hook to see if there is hair stopping up the drain. If that doesn't work, I think it is time to call a plumber.

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    January 28, 20150 found this helpful

    It might be that a root has crimped or broken the drain line outside the wall. If you know someone with a power washer, a very quick spritz of that kind of pressure might help, but ultimately it might be time for some professional help. Good luck.

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    December 12, 2011 Flag
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    How does one unclog a bathroom sink in which the stopper cannot be removed from the sink?

    By BF

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    December 14, 20110 found this helpful

    I had a bathtub that was so slow and you could not take the plug out. From one of the catalogs I got a drain opener thing. It is yellow plastic and had jagged plastic things on the end. You snake that under the plug and I was amazed at how much hair I got out of the drain. It runs like new now. It is a very long yellow plastic. I hope you can picture this - it was really effective!

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    December 16, 20110 found this helpful

    If you mean one of the metal stoppers that moves up and down with a lever on the top of the tap, or with a metal plunger, it is removable. It has a hook on the bottom that connects to a hook down in your drain, that connects to the plunger. You just have to turn it sideways to unhook it. Hooking it up again can be a problem, I have found, although my plumber friend did it for me in about 2 secs when he changed out my dripping taps.

    Try plunging first. Then try something like Drano if plunging doesn`t cure the problem. If this is a bathroom sink, it likely has hair & soap scum & maybe whiskers clogging up the drain. If you can get the plug out, you can reach down with a wire hook or even an old tooth brush and scoop out the hair.

    Do not bother with baking soda and vinegar. The chemical reaction that you get is merely carbon dioxide bubbles and the two products neutralizing each other, making salt water. How is that going to dissolve a hair clog!

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    January 19, 2010 Flag
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    How can one clear an extremely slow bathroom sink drain without using caustic chemicals?

    By Jay from Reston, VA

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    January 21, 20100 found this helpful

    Hi, at your hardware store ask about a product that is a long flexible plastic rod that has little upward teeth on it. All you do is stick this down your drain and pull up. It is unreal what you will pull up, works great and no chemicals. Sorry i cant remember the name of it but they will know what you are talking about at the hardware store. Have a great day..Deby

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    January 23, 20100 found this helpful

    I keep a plunger used only for my sinks. I usually put some Dawn or another grease cutter and add boiling water. After a few minutes, I use the plunger and it has always worked for me. I hate using chemicals.

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    January 28, 2011 Flag
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    My bathroom sinks keep clogging up, repeated use of Drano is not working. Help!

    By Icu3 from Columbus

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    January 29, 20110 found this helpful

    You need a really good plunger. I had the same trouble and a relative told me of a plunger they'd gotten that was really good. It was not one of the expensive ones either. Once I got it I tried it on my stubborn sink and "low and behold" it worked. For the first time in years after using draino etc. on the sink, my drain was working like brand new. I shudder to think how much damage I did to the pipes with all the expensive drain cleaners.

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    January 30, 20110 found this helpful

    If the stopper in your sink doesn't pull out, you will need to get under the sink and undo what holds it in. Once you get that out you will probably find a lot of hair and gunk.

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    April 2, 2011 Flag
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    There is always water in the drain hole in my bathroom sink, right up to the top of the drain. Water drains fine, but never completely, therefore it seems to always have black moldy stuff in the drain that flushes up in the sink anytime the water is turned on.

    I have tried cleaning the drain, but there is nothing plugging it. I have used many commercial and green cleaning methods, which cleans the drain for a while, but since water (and anything rinsed down the drain) always sits at the surface, it doesn't take long to become "cruddy" again. How can I get the water to drain farther down the pipes?

    By RocknChr from Central NE

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    April 4, 20110 found this helpful

    I just finished with this problem, it is probably hair in the drain) Go to the store and buy Liquid Plumr Power Gel. Pour 2 cups down drain (it will go through standing water)Allow to work for 15 min and then flush with hot water from tea kettle. I did this and my drain is draining now. If necessary repeat the process! Good luck!

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    April 4, 20110 found this helpful

    At some point you are going to need to change out the P trap. Look under your sink. You will see a nut that is just down from the sink. Then, you will see one just before the drain pipe enters into the wall. Put a bucket under this area. You should be able to do this by hand, turn the nuts to the left. If it is too difficult take a pair of grip plyers and carefully unscrew the nut. Do the same for the back one. You will see a washer that is attached to the pipes. In side the pipe is probably coated with drudge. Don't throw away the P trap just yet Go to a home center and buy one. The bathroom usually has a (1 1/4") diameter pipe, but some have a (1 1/2"). Take your P trap, nut, and washer to the store with you. The kit is about $10.00. Put it back together, making sure you screw the nut on correctly, and don't forget the washer. You just saved about $150.00 in plumbing repairs.

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    November 1, 2012 Flag
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    Will washing baby powder down the drain cause drainage problems down the line?

    By Ray

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    November 4, 20120 found this helpful

    How much baby powder are you putting down the drain? It doesn't dissolve, but I can't feature that you could put enough down a drain to cause problems. However, I knew of a fellow who eventually plugged his toilet because he tossed his daily piece of dental floss into the bowl, and over the years, it all balled up and plugged the toilet.

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    February 16, 20150 found this helpful

    My husband created the "Dental Floss Monster" by flushing his floss daily for about 5 years. We couldn't figure out why his toilet was backing up, while mine (separate baths) where I flushed tampons never did. When he snaked the toilet, it looked like an old unraveled hemp rope - grossest thing ever. And of course, I'm saying, "You flush dental floss?" (He quit, of course.)

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    November 28, 2013 Flag
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    How do I unblock a bath\bathroom sink when water comes back up the bath plughole and smells disgusting?

    By Mags

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    November 29, 20130 found this helpful

    I use a large pot of boiling water with a good shot of dish soup. Pour in sink and let set for a min. and take a toilet plunger and push the water down the drain. You may have to do it more than once. No need for chemicals.

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    January 8, 2010 Flag
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    How do I unclog a drain?

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