How do I fix a clogged sink drain?

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  • Tonya Tonya on Nov 25, 2018

    Hi Anne,

    Ughh!

    Always try simplest first: try a commercial drain cleaner and follow instructions. I have found the most effective one to be a product called Glugg. Usually, you have to buy it from a specialty store or directly from a plumbing supply place.

    If that doesn’t work, if you are fairly handy you could try what would be the next simplest solution. This involves cleaning out the gooseneck under the sink, the most common area for clogs.

    Turn off the water supply to the sink, get a big bowl and place it underneath the gooseneck under the sink to catch the water and gunk that will come pouring out when you unscrew the gooseneck, which is the next step.

    Thoroughly clean the parts out with a brush and reattach. Tighten the attachments, but just finger-tight. Do not use any tools.

    Turn back on your water and see if that doesn’t do the trick.

    Having tried those solutions, I would say the next step, unfortunately, is to call a plumber. The good news is if it is a simple fix, sometimes many of them will just charge for a minimum one hour house call.

    Best of luck!

  • Jeremy Hoffpauir Jeremy Hoffpauir on Nov 25, 2018

    Hi Anne, here are 3 methods you can try to unclog your sink:

    https://www.wikihow.com/Unclog-a-Kitchen-Sink

  • We keep a drain snake on hand for unclogging ours when baking soda/vinegar or commercial uncloggers doesn't work. It works well as a thorough clean out.

  • Karen Jurasinski Karen Jurasinski on Nov 26, 2018

    If is in a newer house with pvc pipes is easy to undo the pups and Just clean them out. If it's an older house use a snake.