How to Unclog a Sink

unclog a sink

If you’ve ever had a clogged sink, you know it can be frustrating. Luckily, there are several different ways to unclog a sink. Here, our plumbing experts share some of our favorites using natural products and tools:

Natural Products

Salt & Baking Soda

Mix 1/2 cup of salt with 1/2 cup of baking soda and pour it down your clogged sink. Wait about 15 minutes, then pour boiling water down the drain. You should see a chemical reaction, which will break down your clog.

Sodium Hydroxide

Pour 3/4 gallon of cold water into a bucket. Next, add 3 cups of Sodium Hydroxide (otherwise known as Caustic soda) and stir well. Wait for the mixture to fizz and warm up. After that, pour the mixture down the sink and wait. After about 15 minutes, pour boiling water down the sink to flush it.

Water & Salt

Boil some water and pour a few cups of it down your sink. Next, follow it with two tablespoons of Epsom salt. Let the ingredients sit for a minute, then pour another few cups of boiling water down the sink. The mixture should help break up the clog.

Vinegar & Baking Soda

Many homeowners use a vinegar & baking soda mixture to unclog a sink. Mix 1/3 cup vinegar with 1/3 cup baking soda. When it starts to fizz, pour it down the sink and let it sit overnight. When you wake up, rinse it down with hot or boiling water.

Boiling Water

This is arguably the simplest way to unclog a sink. Simple bring some water to a boil and pour a few cups down the sink. Let it sit for a few seconds, then pour a few more cups. Do this three or four times to loosen the clog.


A Wire Hanger

Cut the rounded top off of a wire hanger and straighten the body out as much as possible. Bend one end to make a hook and lower it down the sink. Use the end like a fishhook to pull your clog out of the drain. Once you’re done, turn on the hot water and let it run down for a few minutes to get rid of any residue.

A Wet/Dry Vacuum

If you own a wet/dry vacuum, it can be a great way to unclog a sink. Position the vacuum over the drain and turn it on. The suction may be able to suck the clog out. Before you do this, however, make sure you read your manual, as there are many different kinds of wet/dry vacuums.

A Drain Snake/Auger

If you’ve tried several unclogging methods and they’ve failed, you may need to invest in a drain snake (or “auger”). Push the drain snake down the drain and as you do so, rotate the handle clockwise. Once you feel resistance from the clog, continue to maneuver the snake clockwise and upward until you can feel it pull the clog up and out the sink.

Call Timothy Off

If none of the above methods work, don’t hesitate to call the plumbing experts at Timothy Off. We can take care of your clog and get your sink back to normal.

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