How to fix a clogged sink

Try simple solutions first.  Chemical drain cleaners can be harmful to us and the pipes.  Many times, clogs or slow drains can be helped with one of these options.

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Try snaking the drain to possibly grab the clog if it's made by hair or something that can catch on the tool.

Snake the Drain

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If the clog is caused by grease, a grease fighting dish soap and hot water can help dissolve the clog.

Soap and Hot Water

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Pour 1 cup of baking soda in the drain and top with 1 cup of vinegar.  Let sit 5-10 minutes then rinse with hot water.

Baking Soda & Vinegar

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Place plunger over the drain and cover with some water if there isn't already standing water.  This will help create a seal.  

Try a Plunger

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If you have a double sink, plug the unclogged side's drain opening before starting so water doesn't come out that side when plunging. 

Try a Plunger

Then plunge gently several times. Don't be too forceful as it can damage some connector pieces.

Try a Plunger

Note: Don't try the plunger if you already poured a chemical drain cleaner down the drain as plunging could cause some to splash out and land on your skin or face.

The clog could be sitting in the elbow.  Place a bucket underneath before removing to check for the clog as water will be sitting in it.

Check the Elbow

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If none of these methods work and you tried a chemical cleaner without success (or don't want to use one) the clog may require a professional.

Call A Plumber

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