Clogged drains in the bathroom sink can be a real headache for homeowners, but it happens to everyone occasionally. As a mother, I’m proud of my two teenage daughters. I have seen and dealt with a lot of things over these years, especially with pencils, toilet paper and hair stuck in the drain. As a result, my husband & I were able to come up with unique ways to unclog the bathroom sink. Although after our last home renovation, we decided to install a non-removable stopper bathroom sink. We thought those crazy clogged sink years were over. It wasn’t until we noticed that the water in the girl’s bathroom was draining agonizingly slowly that we realized what was happening.
The bathroom sink clog is not a job for professionals, so David and I put on plumber gloves and began unclogging the drain.
First and most important steps to unclog a non-removable stepper bathroom sink:
🔘 Close the stopper completely, turn off the water, and clean everything under the sink.
🔘 Next, you need to remove the bathroom sink stopper. Get under the sink and squeeze the spring clip to release the stopper to remove the pivot rod from the clevis strap. You should be able to pop out the stopper once you remove the pivot rod from the clevis strap.
🔘 Here’s where it gets gross, so wear rubber gloves. Once the stopper is loosened, you can pull it out of the sink drain. In this step, you should clean the stopper mechanism of all dirt, hair, and debris. Make sure you don’t turn on your bathroom sink while doing this! Use a different sink if you need water to clean the stopper. A mixture of bleach and rubbing alcohol should be effective.
🔘 Once the stop-up mechanism has been cleaned, grab your wire hanger and bend it into a shape that will make it easier for you to hook hair and gunk. Imagine the shape of a backscratcher or a fishing hook. When you get the right shape, lower the hook into the drain and begin twisting and moving the hanger to catch as much gunk as you can.
🔘 Use a wire hanger to remove as much gunk as possible. If you want to clean the interior sides of the pipe, you can use an old toothbrush. There may also be some hair and gunk that can be pulled out through the opening where the pivot rod was removed.
🔘 You may need to unscrew the P-bend section of the pipe if there is a big clog that you cannot reach with the hanger. Depending on the severity of the clog, this may or may not be necessary.
🔘 Reassemble everything. To test the results of all your hard work, run hot water down the drain. Once you have reassembled all the pieces, inspect everything for leaks and corrosion while you are down there.
After all this chaos, just grab the following supplies to make sure your bathroom sink drain is completely unclogged:
🛒 You Need:
▪ white vinegar
▪ baking soda
🔧 How to proceed:
◼ Fill a pot with boiling hot water and pour it down the drain.
◼ Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda. Let that sit for a few minutes.
◼ Then, pour a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of very hot water down on top of the baking soda.
◼ If you have a stopper, close it right away (to prevent the reaction from reaching the drain surface) and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
◼ Release the stopper and flush one more time with a pot of boiling water.