Clogged Sink. Any Tricks?

Updated on September 28, 2012
K.G. asks from Fort Lauderdale, FL
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We've had a clogged sink for months.. I always forget about it, until I go to use it. We've tried drano, and plunging it. Nothing! I don't want to call a plummer for this.
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answers from El Paso on

Ditto on the pipe snake. My shower drain was slow and I kept using all of these things for "slow" drains to no avail, finally used the pipe snake and viola. Problem solved.

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answers from Canton on

My Mom used to swear by a gallon of bleach and boiling water. She would pour the bleach down and let it sit for about an hour and pour two pots of boiling water down the drain.

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answers from Cleveland on

boiling water! like two or three large pots of almost boiling water. then after that goes through put baking soda and a half a cup of white viniger, and then another pot of boiling water until the water drains easily

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answers from Detroit on

use a pipe snake to loosen what is clogged, then use vinegar and baking soda

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answers from New York on

Jackie P got it right! Vinegar, baking soda and a wire hanger. You can invest in a snake or rent one in home depot if you have no luck with the home made version.

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answers from Minneapolis on

Kitchen or bathroom? We had clogged bathroom sinks for months and my husband even took apart the pipes underneath. It helped, but didn't solve the problem. He went to Home Depot to buy a snake and the employees told him the clog was probably at the very top of the pipes and what he needed to do was take out the stopper and unclog that area. They showed him how to take apart the stopper--it can be a little delicate to do it without damaging it--and that did the trick! I've always been told no Drano because it damages the pipes.

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answers from Lakeland on

I use vinegar, baking soda and a wire hanger (or a snake). Then hot water to flush it out. I do not like all the chemical drain stuff because they will eventually eat through the pipes.

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answers from San Francisco on

I just read somewhere to use 2 antacids and vinegar. Is it a sink that hair falls into (bathroom sink)? If so you might need to snake it. You can buy a cheap one and do it yourself. If its a hairball mixed with things that go down the sink then it won't be pretty pulling it up. Good luck. Hopefully you can avoid the plumber expense.

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answers from Denver on

pipe snake, cleared our tubs up right away without any damaging side affects from draino.

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answers from San Diego on

The last thing that worked for me was Dawn dishwashing soap and using a plunger. I was handwashing some bathub toys in the bathroom sink while my little one was playing in the tub. I noticed the sink was running really slow and was preparing to do the vinegar and baking soda that others have mentioned. But, not wanting to leave I just used the plunger and with the soap that was now filling everything it cleared up. I even put a little extra soap right into the drain when I saw it was working. Letting the tap run with hot water to help flush it all out. That's the fastest I've gotten that drain to unplug!

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answers from Chicago on

Do not use a hanger and if you have old pipes (metal) do not use Drano or Liquid Plumber. They are corrosive. When we get a stubborn clog--as long as I catch it before he uses a hanger, we use a shop vac. Works every time. When he uses a hanger, we have to replace the pipe or call the plumber.

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answers from Tampa on

There is a long thing plastic drain declogger that you can find like at home depot or walmart for about $2.00. It is about 2 feet long with little side pieces, and you stick it in the drain, and it pulls up hair. WOW, it made a huge difference for us. We tried all the other treatments along with plunging, and all we needed was to get the hair out! Good Luck!



answers from Toledo on

An important additional detail, when using baking soda, pack it in good, then when you pour vinegar, stop up the drain so air cannot escape, then unplug and follow with boiling water. I agree a snake is a good idea if this fails. I clean the tub with baking soda and vinegar regularly and it actually seems like my drain no longer clogs, fantastic dual and clean :-)

Although if drain-o did not work, as caustic as it is, I would wager that the clog may be further down, or maybe there is something obstructing the pipe that cannot dissolve. Can you disassemble it and inspect? Good luck!

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