Sink won’t Drain? 3 Options for Clogged Sink Drains

Everyone has been in this situation at one point in there lives. The moment that slow sink drain wont drain anymore. You’ve watched the sink drain slowly get worse and worse and now it has completely stopped draining. So now what do you do to get the clogged sink drain draining again? Here we will go over a couple options you may have in order to drain your sink again. These options are organized from easiest to more difficult so start with option 1 to unclog your sink.

Unclogging a Sink Drain Options

1.Clean the P-trap and pop-up assembly
2.Use a Sink Plunger
3.Auger The Sink Drain

Clean the P-trap and Pop-Up assembly

In many cases when a sink drain is clogged the culprit is in either the pop-up assembly of the sink drain or the p-trap on the sink drain. Many plumbing service calls are as simple as disconnecting a customers pop-up assembly and removing the p-trap and you will find all sorts of things in there. Both the sink drain pop-up assembly and the p-trap can be cleaned quickly and easily.
To learn how to clean the pop-up assembly and p-trap see How To Easy Fix Bathroom Sink.

Use a Sink Plunger

A sink plunger works differently than a toilet plunger. The main difference between a sink plunger and a toilet plunger is that a toilet plunger your trying to push the clog through, whereas a sink plunger your pulling the clog out. When using a plunger on a sink I have always had much better luck pulling the blockage out of the sink as opposed to pushing it into the drain.
Here is an article on the best sink plunger to use and how to get one The Best Sink Plunger

Auguring The Sink Drain (also called snaking)

Auguring a sink drain is not overly difficult if your comfortable with power tools. If you are not comfortable with using a power tool than you will need to call a plumber, unfortunately. If you are comfortable using a power tool than auguring the sink drain will get you up and running. Auguring a sink drain involves sending a cable with a specific head attachment down the drain that spins and forces its way through the clog. There are hand augurs available that do not require power however more often times then not they do not work or do a poor job and the sink is back to draining slow in no time.

In Conclusion 
many people go straight to drano or other chemicals to get a sink draining again when a small amount of knowledge about sink drains is all they really need. I personally would never use any chemicals to get a clogged sink drain flowing again, the three options above will get a clogged sink drain draining again in no time. You May also have a venting issue with the sink drain.
For more information on venting a sink drain see How To Vent a Sink



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