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Clearing a Clogged Bathroom Sink

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Clearing a Clogged Bathtub Drain, Pulling Hair From Clogged Drain
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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December 1, 20121 found this helpful

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 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 19, 2010

How can one clear an extremely slow bathroom sink drain without using caustic chemicals?

By Jay from Reston, VA

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January 13, 20170 found this helpful

after 3 containers of Drano....the thing that worked in the end....was plunging....plunging.....yes...drano probably loosened it enough to be able to be plunged...even tho it says on the drano bottle...not to plunge....I was desperate.....and it worked....

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March 13, 20140 found this helpful

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?

By SP

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March 16, 20140 found this helpful

I meant to say drain cleaners, not drainers!

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December 12, 20110 found this helpful

How does one unclog a bathroom sink in which the stopper cannot be removed from the sink?

By BF

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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 28, 2011

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

By Icu3 from Columbus

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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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January 26, 20150 found this helpful

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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June 9, 20170 found this helpful

I use a seven inch crochet hook to clean out the hair which collects in the sink in my daughters bathroom

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January 8, 2010

How do I unclog a drain?

By Laurie

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January 14, 20100 found this helpful

Just this week I had the kitchen sink/garbage disposal side, back up. I poured a cup of baking soda ( in both sides of the sink ) followed by about 3-4 cups of white vinegar( I just poured if from the gal. jug) in the water that was standing there and turned on the hot water and garbage disposal and that worked right away. I let the water run in the disposal and then poured a couple of tablespoonsful of liquid dish soap with it.

Worked and No Plummer bill. GG Vi

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May 2, 2016

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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November 28, 20130 found this helpful

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 16, 20120 found this helpful

To unclog a sink, tub or toilet, pour a bottle of bleach in the water over the drain and let sit. Check back in a few hours and it should be drained. Then run some hot water for a few minutes down it. I pour a 1/2 bottle of bleach in each of these every 3 months and run hot water just to keep them unclogged. Been doing this over 20 yrs and never a problem.

You may also want to invest in some small screen drains to put over drain when you unplug them to drain. Dump the screen drain out after each use and you will prevent anything from going down the line. Throw the screen drain in dishwasher for easy cleaning.

By Kathy from Jefferson, LA

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July 13, 20170 found this helpful

If your sink is not draining you may need to call a plumber but a good plunging may do the trick. This is a guide about how do I clear standing water in bathroom sink drain?

A plumber user a plunger in a bathroom sink.

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January 8, 20100 found this helpful

How do I unclog a bathroom drain?

Kathy from Fort Myers, FL

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Unclogging Stubborn Bathroom Drain

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By MCW

Unclogging Stubborn Bathroom Drain

Try pouring 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drain, then quickly pour 1 cup of vinegar and close the drain as fast as you can. Let sit for about ten minutes and flush with hot water. Sometimes bathroom sinks get plugged with hair that is just below the drain, you can't see it in the pipes. Try using a piece of wire to poke in the drain and pull up any hair that might be there.
Good luck. (09/16/2008)

By PICO

Unclogging Stubborn Bathroom Drain

Maybe try using a drain snake.
Good luck. (09/19/2008)

By sewingseeker

Unclogging Bathroom Drain

I read an article in Readers Digest last week about a family who wants to stop spending so much money. He said he went to thriftyfun.com and was told to pour Dawn dishwashing liquid into the drain followed by a lot of boiling water. He said it worked like a charm. Good luck.

Editor's Note: I talked to the author on the phone and told him that had worked for me declogging a kitchen drain. It has been very effective in unclogging toilets, but I've found it does work for other drains as well.

If the drain is clogged with hair however, the hair should be removed with a hook on a coat hanger first, for bath and bathroom sink drains. (10/01/2008)

By Sherryann

Unclogging Bathroom Drain

I have lived in this apartment for 4 years, and always had a slow drain. The other night the handle thing that lowers and brings the drain up, stopped working. The maintenance man said that is what made it drain so slow. It works fine now, since he replaced the drain plug. (10/02/2008)

By jwrh626

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January 28, 20110 found this helpful

How do you unclog a bathroom basin?

Lynne

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Unclogging a Bathroom Sink

At my local flea market I bought those sink/tub screen strainer things.They're in each sink and tub in my home.They catch everything before it heads down the drain even an earring I dropped. (11/20/2008)

By keeper60

Unclogging a Bathroom Sink

I used to be an apartment manager and one of the things I had to do for my tenants was unclog sinks. The one thing I found to be the best way was to get a wire hanger, cut it and straighten it. With a pair of pliers make a small hook at one end, stick the hook end into the drain and slowly and carefully push it down as far as it will go. Then slowly pull it back up twisting it several times back and forth. Do this several times and you will be amazed at how much gunk and hair you will pull out. Once you have cleaned it, run some hot water in the drain for a bit. I did this will tub drains as well. They will often stay clean for months or years afterwards. I did this to my tub last year and it still drains quickly. (05/17/2009)

By SusLuvsVintage

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January 19, 20100 found this helpful

I have a bathroom sink that is extremely slow in draining and backs up. I've heard of certain things like boiling water and dishwasher soap poured down as a possible remedy. However, that did not work. Does anyone have any more ideas? I'm just a homeowner trying to save money. Thank you.

By dleo1144 from NH

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Clearing a Sluggish Sink

Try using one cup of ammonia, poured into each drain, then follow with a pot of boiling water (be careful not to spill on yourself, kids, or pets).
I read this tip somewhere here, to remove the sticky soap scum that clings to drains. It worked wonders.(07/23/2009)

By fatboyslimsmom

Clearing a Sluggish Sink

First I would get something to poke down the drain, like an open bobby pin and check to see if there is any hair blocking the drain. You'd be amazed how much hair can be in there, then do the following:

Use a 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar. Pour the soda down the drain and then quickly pour in the vinegar and close the drain. Let is sit for approximately 5 minutes and then flush with hot water. (07/23/2009)

By PICO

Clearing a Sluggish Sink

My bathroom sink does the same thing. My husband cleared it the first time by pushing a straw down into the drain which cleared it up for several weeks. I keep the straw under my sink and now do it myself when it becomes sluggish. My spouse thinks mine is mostly due to me cutting my bangs every ten days or so which combined with the soap and toothpaste causes a buildup of gunk in the drain.

My drain has the a fairly long (about five inches) plastic type of stopper that you open and close with a lever on the faucet. There is a metal cross bar at the bottom of the plastic piece and that is where all the stuff accumulates to cause my drain problem. (07/23/2009)

By Kathryen

Clearing a Sluggish Sink

The overflow pipe that vents to the top of your house will get clogged with hair, grease, lint, and other debris. Have your hubby, or other responsible adult, go on the roof and pour drain opener down that. My mom had this problem and every time Roto Roter came they did just that and it always worked. (07/24/2009)

By grannygirl

Clearing a Sluggish Sink

I've found that pouring anything down the drains doesn't do much good unless I take a clothes hanger and get all the the hair and gunk that's built up. (07/24/2009)

By TXBetty

Clearing a Sluggish Sink

Pour straight Clorox down the drains. The Clorox will eat away anything that is is the pipes stopping them up. Do not ever use Clorox if you have a septic tank though. The Clorox eats the good bacteria in the septic tank and can cause your septic tank to back up in your house through the drains (my aunt learned this the hard way). Good luck to you and keep us posted on what you end up doing and how it turns out for you. (07/24/2009)

By Paula Jo Carr

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July 21, 20090 found this helpful

How do you clear a sluggish sink?

Larry from Elgin, IL

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Clearing a Sluggish Sink

I have a small size plunger that I use regularly on our kitchen and bathroom sinks. I've never had to use any chemical decloggers. It's not always pleasant to see what comes up when you plunge, but it's better than putting all those pollutants into the water supply. And it saves a lot of money. You can buy a sink-size plunger for under five dollars. (11/24/2008)

By Ree 127

Clearing a Sluggish Sink

My plumber suggests that once per month I put Dawn dish washing liquid in the drain of the sink and follow it with a large pot of boiling water. It must be Dawn; other brands aren't as good. This works for me and I have never had another slow drain since doing this. I squeeze about 1/4 cup of Dawn before the boiling water. (11/24/2008)

By sdw209

Clearing a Sluggish Sink

1/2-3/4 box of baking soda and 1/2 gallon of white vinegar. Let it foam and do it's magic and leave for an hour. Follow it with lots of very, very hot water. Does wonders for our sink. (11/25/2008)

By manintveld_nl

Clearing a Sluggish Sink

When all else fails use boiling water poured down the drain. (11/25/2008)

By texman

Clearing a Sluggish Sink

The baking soda and vinegar is a secret ingredient that a lot of plumbers use. Make sure you do not stand right over the sink drain when you pour the vinegar in over top of the baking soda because the fumes do come up and it's not a pleasant experience. (11/25/2008)

By floridagal

Clearing a Sluggish Sink

You definitely don't want to use "any" chemicals (Drano or similar) unless you have all PVC pipes. The chemicals corrode metal pipes. (11/25/2008)

By Deeli

Clearing a Sluggish Sink

My plumber told me long ago, that once a month pour a cup of white vinegar down your drain, to help the flow, and also helps with smells. (11/25/2008)

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