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Friday, September 16, 2016

How to Fix a Clogged Sink

This post is sponsored by Roto-Rooter.  As always, all enthusiasm is my own.

I don't know about your, but clogged sinks happen more than they probably should here.  One time I caught the kids giving the bunny a bath in the sink...a bunny who had not been wiped clean of straw before entering the house.  Our house is an old farm house, so clogs are a little more common here than in newer homes for various reasons.  I've had to learn how to fix a clogged sink myself because we only have one bathroom and can't just use a different one until the hubby gets home.  Fixing a clog isn't too difficult.  Keep reading for some simple ways to unclog your sink without calling a plumber.

How to Fix a Clogged Sink


I usually try this method first because, with kids, there's usually debris causing the clog.  This method is also very easy and usually works.

Before you use a plunger, be sure to use a wet cloth to block the overflow opening.  This helps direct the force towards the blockage.

 If there isn't water standing in the sink, add a few inches of water.  The water helps force the blockage to move.

Simply cover the drain with the plunger and plunge up and down for 30 seconds.  If the water flows, then you are done.  If the water is still standing, try again.  After the drain opens, run water for a few minutes to clean any blockage that may be stuck on the pipes.

Using a Drain Stick

I use a drain stick if I notice that the sink is draining slowly but isn't blocked.  This usually means there is a hair clog in this house.

Simply insert the drain stick down the drain.  You may need to move it round and twist it to catch the clog.  Then pull it out and, hopefully, the clog will come with it.  Run water for a few minutes to clear the pipe.


If neither of those two methods work, that's when I reach for Roto-Rooter home products.  To use the Gel Clog Remover, which is what I normally get, make sure the cap is on securely and shake the bottle well.

Then pour 16 ounces of gel directly in the drain and let sit for 10 minutes.  Rinse well with hot water.  Some clogs will take more than one treatment.

Before you use a chemical drain cleaner, make sure it's safe for your system.  We have a septic system, and Roto-Rooter Gel Clog Cleaner is safe for septic systems.