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how to unclog a sink

How To Fix A Clogged Sink

A clogged sink drain is nowhere near as common as a clogged toilet, but it is still a problem that many homeowners will encounter. Whether it be hair in the bathroom or grease in the kitchen, not everything you pour down your sink makes its way to the sewers.

Don’t worry, though. More times than not, a sink can be unclogged without the help of a professional plumber. Try some of the following methods to unclog your sink:

Bent Coat Hanger

Take a wire coat hanger and straighten it the best you can. Make a small hook on one end and go fishing – you might be able to pull up a surprising amount of hair. Remember, your main goal is to fish up the clog, not push it further down.


Fill the sink with about 3-4 inches of water to ensure the plunger seals around the sink hole. Hold a wet rag tightly around the other drain if you are dealing with a double sink. Then, roll the head of the plunger into the water (you want to force water down the drain, not air) and begin pumping vigorously.

Homemade Drain Cleaner

Do not use a commercial drain cleaner, such as Draino. These contain harmful chemicals that can deteriorate your pipes. Instead, make a homemade solution that is completely safe using one part baking soda and one part vinegar. Let the solution sit in your drain for an hour or two, then flush with hot water.


The snake is a very handy plumbing tool that can clear up nearly any clog in the home. If first three options were unsuccessful, the snake is usually a good bet to get the job done. This video shows you exactly what to do.

If you’ve run through all of these options and your sink is still clogged, call the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating. We have been Pueblo’s leading plumber for over 20 years! If you live in Colorado, contact Patterson Plumbing online, or call (719) 544-4922.