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How to Unclog a Sink Drain

We’ve all been there. One minute you’re washing the dishes and the next you’re trying to figure out why the water isn’t draining. Or maybe the clogged drain is in the bathroom, putting that room out of commission until the problem is resolved. What are you to do?

Clogged drains can disrupt your entire home or business until they’re fixed. But there’s no need to worry. Just because you don’t know how to unclog a drain, doesn’t mean you can’t learn. That’s why the expert plumbers at Roto-Rooter are here to help you learn how to unclog a sink drain.

Time to Turn Up the Heat

Most clogs in sink drains are caused by a combination of grease, soap residue and tepid water stuck right below the drain opening. Assuming you have metal pipes, one of the easiest ways to unclog a sink drain is to use boiling water. Start by boiling some water and slowly pouring it directly down the drain. The hot water can help break up the residue. If that doesn’t do the trick, it’s time to move onto the plunger.

Plunge the Sink Drain

If hot water did not improve the clog, it’s possible there is something more than just residue buildup below the drain opening. Before you start plunging, take a look in your sink. If there is a lot of standing water, remove it until there is only two inches left.

Now you can start plunging. The cup of the plunger should be right over the drain as you quickly plunge up and down. If your sink has more than one drain, make sure you plunge each one. This process can take some patience to unclog the sink, so give it a few tries before moving on to another method.

Use a Snake to Remove the Clog

When thinking about how to unclog a drain, using a snake can seem a bit intimidating. But the truth is anyone can do it. Start by pushing the end of the snake into the drain. Then, turn the handle on the drum that contains the coiled-up snake. Keep pushing more of the snake through until you feel resistance.

Once you hit that blockage, start to twist the handle and continue rotating until you feel the snake push past the blockage. Pull the snake out and then run your water to make sure the sink is no longer clogged.

Still Having Problems? Call Roto-Rooter

With the above techniques, unclogging a drain doesn’t have to be difficult. But if you’re still having a problem with your sink drain, it’s time to give Roto-Rooter a call. Our expert plumbers have years of experience getting local homes and businesses back up and running. And with 24/7 emergency service, the answer to your plumbing problem is always just one call away.