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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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 23, 20150 found this helpful

Appears you need a plumber to clear the drains completely, well beyond what you may be able to do now.

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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?

By SP

March 14, 20140 found this helpful

I believe her sink is clogged, not her toilet as a few comments have suggested. If you have tried drainers and snake it sounds like you need to call a plumber.

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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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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 3, 20120 found this helpful

I buy 1lb. container of Thrift from a local plumber. It takes about 1/4 of the container to treat a drain. Follow the directions and you will notice a difference almost immediately!

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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

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 27, 20150 found this helpful

What worked for me is I took a thin piece of wire - one you would use for making flower stems and bent a little hook on the end. When I pulled it out of the sink drain, I could not believe the amount of hair that came out and now the sink drains very well. I hope this will solve your problem. I also did the same thing to the bath tub drain and now it also drains very well.

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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 16, 2012 Flag
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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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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

December 12, 20110 found this helpful

A plumber once told me the best way to clear a clog or slow drain in a sink is with a plunger. If you can't get the sink to flow better then you will have to take apart the pipes underneath. And that is what a plumber will do if you call one.

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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

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

January 21, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks to all for their suggestions. I tried the vinegar and baking soda and detergent and hot water ideas to no avail because the drain was too far gone. Finally had to use the pipe wrench solution and clean out the trap by hand, which was filled with thick black sludge. I will try the suggestions for keeping the drain clear now!

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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 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

January 29, 20110 found this helpful

When mine starts running slow I take the U joint under the sink off and clean it out as that is where most of the hair and 'gunk' builds up. Be sure to have a bucket or other sizable pot or pan to catch any water that may be there.

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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

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.

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