A clogged sink drain doesn’t always mean you have to call a plumber. In some cases, it’s completely possible to remove clogs on your own. Here are a few simple methods for DIY drain cleaning and unclogging.
To start, pour some hot water into your sink. This will melt any grease caught in the drain and soften any small solids so that they flow downward more easily.
If the hot water doesn’t resolve the problem, try using baking soda and vinegar. First, pour one cup of baking soda into the drain. Then, add two cups of vinegar. To finish the job, pour some more hot water into the sink to clean off any excess.
If neither of the above methods fixes the clog, it’s time to try poking down whatever is stuck. You can do this using a plumbing snake, a metal hanger, a wire, or any other similarly shaped object. Once again, rinse the sink with hot water when you are done.
The final method is to detach the draining tube under your sink and check for any objects stuck inside. Use a snake or another long, thin tool to search inside the tube for the cause of the clog.
These tricks get rid of many clogs, but if you try all of them and your sink still doesn’t drain properly, you will need to call a plumber for help.