How do you unplug a bathroom sink drain?

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Water drains very slow. Unsuccessful using Drano type products.

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  • Jan Loehr Jan Loehr on Dec 06, 2017
    If you have used some of the chemicals and nothing worked, you may need to call a plumber ...maybe there is something solid stuck in the pipe or maybe a bad hair clog...the pipes will probably have to be taken apart to clean it out in the curved area..

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Dec 06, 2017
    Try pouring Draino down it or what my plumber taught us - buy Muriatic Acid, you can buy it at Walmart. Very toxic - so wear a mask and gloves and leave the house for a while.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Dec 06, 2017
    In our experience we have found quite often that the bathroom drains need to be fished out with a unbent hanger or dollar store barbed plastic drain clearing tool if hair is the offending problem. If that isnt the case the next area is under the sink plastic trap - we have unscrewed and forced flushed and brushed out the crud in a bucket- reconnected and the drain is patent and free running. So far we havent had to use our metal snake tool with this management.

    • Ann Scott Ann Scott on Dec 06, 2017
      Just asked for a barbed plastic tool at The Dollar Store? Thank you


  • Amanda Amanda on Dec 06, 2017
    Hi Ann. I think your best option is to turn the shut off valve to the off position. Get a bucket and remove the pea trap to clean it out. There is probably a lot of gunk in there making it slow.

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Dec 06, 2017
    Use the Drano-type products like this...before going to bed, pour the product into the drain. Go to sleep. Next morning run water down the drain. Repeat if necessary. If this fails you could have tree roots or collapsed pipes.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Dec 06, 2017
    Try wetting the sink, pour in baking soda and then enough vinegar to make it fizz and enough so that it reaches the elbow. Let it sit for a while and then rinse with hot water.