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How to Unblock a Bathroom Sink Drain

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If water seems to be draining slower than usual from your bathroom sink, there may be a small blockage in the drain. Following our step-by-step guide will help you easily clear the blockage.

Step 1

Use Wire Hook

Use Wire Hook

Insert a wire hook into the drain and try to hook on any solid blockages so that you can pull them up and out of the drain. A wire hook can be made by cutting and bending an ordinary wire clothes hanger.

Step 2

Use Plunger

Use Plunger

If the sink is still blocked, use a plunger. Place the plunger over the drain and add enough water into the sink to cover the rubber cup. Cover the sink’s overflow vent with a cloth to allow suction. Pump the plunger up and down quickly and then lift the plunger to see if the water drains away. If it does, you have successfully dislodged the blockage.

Step 3

Use Drain Cleaner

Use Drain Cleaner

If the drain remains blocked try using a drain cleaning agent. Before using the drain cleaner, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the hardware of the sink to protect the finish from the harsh chemicals.

Step 4

Pour Drain Cleaner

Pour Drain Cleaner

Always read the manufacturer’s instruction before use and always wear protective gloves. Pour the cleaner down the drain and allow it to work for the amount of time specified on the instructions.

Step 5

Flush with Hot Water

Flush with Hot Water

When the drain cleaner has been working for the specified amount of time, carefully pour hot water down the drain to flush away any dirt and grime that may remain. Be careful not to splash the hot water.