How does a person unclog a sink drain?

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  • C. D. Scallan C. D. Scallan on Aug 08, 2017
    Dig out what you can reach with your fingers (I know , gross, wear gloves.) Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of white vinegar then when the bubbles stop, boiling water .
  • Sunny C Sunny C on Aug 08, 2017
    Hello Elaine; Normally, I use a mixture of: One cup or so of Baking Soda, a heaping Tablespoon of Salt and a cup of white vinegar. After the volcano action ceases, follow, with a kettle of Boiling water.
    You can purchase any over the counter cleaner, such as Liquid Plumber.
    If this does not help your sink drain, I would suggest that you contact a Plumber.
    I hope that this helps you!!! Take Care!
  • Peg Peg on Aug 08, 2017
    I know there is a mixture for this...but I just mix some baking soda with water, pour it down the drain and then about half hour later I pour hot water down the drain.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 08, 2017
    Pour white vinegar down the drain followed by baking soda and very hot water
  • Shawn VanDoren Shawn VanDoren on Aug 08, 2017
    Try the easiest methods first. 1) plunger 2) pour boiling water down the drain 3) put 1/4 cup baking soda in sink, followed by 1 cup vinegar. When the foaming stops follow with water 4) tougher clogs can be cleared with a tool called a snake. There are small wire versions that are better suited to a bathroom drain.
  • KW KW on Aug 08, 2017
    I use Dawn Dishwashing Liquid and hot water.
  • Ana Natyshak Ana Natyshak on Aug 08, 2017
    Fill sink with water.....make a tornado swirl counterclockwise....keep turning....
  • Hal Rosser Hal Rosser on Aug 08, 2017
    Boil some water in a large pot, and while its hot, pour it into the clogged drain. this will melt old soap pieces and gunk and probably open the drain without chemicals. Then do it again to clear the pipes.
  • Semper Fi Semper Fi on Aug 08, 2017
    if it is bath small faucets ,try pulling the stopper out of drain , might be stuff aattached to pop up stopper, and in drain . or get a hanger and straight it out use as tool for unblock any thing down in drain , take it down as far as you can and twist it around to loosen junk. could go deeper were you get a small drain metal line with attachment to help !! form hardware store . best to you
  • Car26052984 Car26052984 on Aug 08, 2017
    LONG WIRE HOOK
    • Works On: Hair or small objects stuck in bathroom drains. Try this on completely clogged or slow-draining bathroom drains.
    • How to Use: Bend the end of a long piece of wire into a small hook using pliers (a coat hanger works great) or get a drain cleaning tool. Carefully remove the drain cover, remove any visible debris, then insert the hook. (You’ll want to wear gloves, it is gross.) Pull the hook back up and remove any debris (this will be a bunch of decomposing hair and gunk). Use the hook a few times in the drain to make sure you entirely clear the debris. Dispose of the debris in the garbage.
    Why This Works: The hook removes the hair and debris that was blocking the drain, leaving it clean and free-flowing.

    LIQUID DISH DETERGENT AND HOT WATER
    • Works On: Grease clogs or fat narrowed pipes. Try this on slow-draining kitchen drains.
    • How to Use: Heat 2 liters (a large pot of water) to a boil then stir in a few tablespoons of natural hand washing dish detergent or Sal's Suds. Slowly pour the nearly boiling water down the slow running drain and then flush with hot tap water. This can take several pans of detergent and hot water.
    Why This Works: The hot water melts some of the grease narrowing the pipes, and the dish detergent helps to dissolve the fat. This combination of cleaners removes the gunky buildup and allows drain pipes to run more freely.
  • Aprile Aprile on Aug 08, 2017
    Baking soda and vinegar
  • Susan K Mullins Susan K Mullins on Aug 08, 2017
    We had the take our pipes under the sink apart to get the clog out.
  • Ginny Ginny on Aug 08, 2017
    Look on line. Do you have a garbage disposal and put everything in it? Wrong says my plumber.
    I have used washing soda followed by a moderate amount of boiling or very hot water. Let it stand 15 min. and turn on hot water tap. This might help.
  • Lora Taylor Hyatt Lora Taylor Hyatt on Aug 09, 2017
    Baking soda and vinegar
  • Lora Taylor Hyatt Lora Taylor Hyatt on Aug 27, 2017
    Baking soda followed by vinegar , let sit and flush with hot water!

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