If you need to fix a sink drain that’s become clogged, you can always call in a good plumber to take care of it – but that’s not always necessary. Much of the time, clogged sinks are fairly easy to take care of. You may be able to fix sink drains on your own, without paying for a service call.
Of course, some clogs need professional plumbing service to clear, but you should try to fix them yourself before calling in a plumber.
4 Ways to Fix a Sink Drain on Your Own
1. Prevent the clog from happening
One of the easiest ways to reduce the number of clogs you get is to install a mesh screen over the drain which will catch materials like hair that can cause clogging. Of course, this mesh will need to be cleaned regularly, but that’s far easier than dealing with a pipe clog!
Also, try running hot water through your drain every now and then, just as a preventative measure. If there’s a half-formed clog, sending hot water through will help clear it before it becomes a problem.
2. Plunge the sink
Did you know you can use plungers on a sink, not just the toilet? You’ll need to fill up the basin with enough water to submerge the plunger, otherwise, the process is basically the same. The force generated by the plunger can often push a sink clog through.
3. Make your own drain cleaner
We do not recommend using storebought clog-cleaning agents, because they’re made with caustic chemicals which can damage your pipes. (Especially plastic/PVC pipes.) A better option is to make a mixture of half baking soda and half vinegar and send that down the drain. It’s gentler than storebought cleaners and almost as effective.
Let the mixture sit for an hour or so, then flush it with a gallon of boiling water for the best effect.
4. Buy a drain snake
Drain snakes are staple plumbing tools and can also be purchased at most home improvement stores. They take a little practice to master, but if you learn how to use it, you should be able to dig out all but the toughest of clogs by yourself.
Of course, if you try these steps and they don’t work, Roto-Rooter California is always here to help, with 24/7 emergency services. We’re always available and ready to fix even the toughest sink drain clog.