How to Clear a Clogged Sink Drain (Without Chemicals)

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If your sink drain is backing up, try these simple steps to clean out the trap before you shell out money for a plumber (or a liquid plumber).

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how to clear a clogged sink drain without chemicals
Clear out everything from under your sink. This makes room for you to work, and also ensures nothing will get damaged by water.

Place a bucket, or your empty trash can, under the pipes and you're ready to go.
how to clear a clogged sink drain without chemicals
Loosen the fittings at both ends of the P-trap.
how to clear a clogged sink drain without chemicals
You should be able to get them off by hand, but there is a chance you'll need to use a pipe wrench if you can't get them off. Just be careful not to crack or torque your pipes if you use a wrench.
how to clear a clogged sink drain without chemicals
When you remove the pipe, it will be full of water. Dump the water into your bucket, and manually clean out the gunk.

If you've ever lost anything like an earring or a toothpaste cap down the drain, you'll probably find it in here.
how to clear a clogged sink drain without chemicals
Reach up inside the pipes under the sink, and clean the gunk out of those, too.
how to clear a clogged sink drain without chemicals
That's it! Screw the P-trap back back in place. Hand tighten the fittings so they're water-tight, but not so tight you won't be able to take them off again next time.

Leave the bucket it place!
how to clear a clogged sink drain without chemicals
Turn your faucet on high, and run water through your sink. Carefully check all of the pipes underneath for leaks, and tighten any fittings that need it.

Once you're sure everything is dry, and the water is flowing freely, you can remove the bucket and put everything back under your sink.

You have now successfully cleaned out a sink drain! Congratulations. I knew you could do it.

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  • Joan Edelman
    on Oct 2, 2018

    I’ve always done this. Works great.

  • NancyMaria
    on Oct 6, 2018

    Make a habit of doing this twice a year and don't forget bathroom and kitchen sinks and drain the water heater too. Also when testing the drain with water afterward, plug the sink and fill it up. That way when you let the water out it will be pipe full not just a trickle.

    • Tin31600181
      on Oct 7, 2018

      I fill my kids bathroom sink with extremely hot water weekly and do a quick drain just to help wash out the paste. A lot less gunk during actual pipe cleaning.

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