5 DIY Tips for Repairing Clogged Drains in Your Bathroom

Gunk happens. Where it most happens is in your bathroom sink. After only a few years, a bathroom sink can fill up with all sorts of unmentionable grime, which can seem impossible to remove. However, if you put off cleaning out your drain, you will undoubtedly run into the problem of having a clogged drain. Many times, the clog is too far down in the drain to remove, which makes fixing it seem like an impossible chore. However, with a little elbow grease and some diligence, you should be able to clear the clog with relative ease and without having to pay for an expensive plumbing job. Here are five DIY tips for repairing clogged drains in your bathroom.

  1. Read the labels of drain cleaners before you pour them down your drain. Many commercial-grade drain cleansers contain extremely harsh chemicals that can literally eat away at the lining of your pipes. While this will clear your drains, it can result in some serious damage and a potential future leak, which could be devastating. Moreover, some chemicals are bad for the ground water. So, make sure to pay close attention to the cleaner you are using.
  2. Use a small plunger to get the water flowing. Before you use a cleanser or chemicals to remove the gunk, try using a plunger to loosen whatever is causing the clog. When it comes to plungers, you want to find the smallest one available because you want to provide the most suction power possible. Also, you want to use a round plunger opposed to oval, because most drains are circular. Just remember to never put your own weight on the plunger as you are trying to remove the clog, because that could potentially damage or crack the entire sink.
  3. Try using vinegar to remove the clog if other chemical cleaners don’t work. One of the best clogged drain DIY tips is to use vinegar. Vinegar has an amazing power to breakup organic matter, which can make unclogging your bathroom sink really easy. If your clog is really bad, you can pour the vinegar down first and then some baking soda. This combination will create pressure in which the clog can breakup and dissipate. Before you start mixing organic materials with chemicals, be sure you read the directions on the bottle, because you don’t want to risk getting a chemical burn.
  4. Use a plumber’s snake if the clog is really bad. If all else fails, a plumber’s snake can be an excellent option. You want to make sure, though, that you have exhausted all other resources, because purchasing a brand new plumber’s snake can be pricey. There is also the option to rent one. When you do use a plumber’s snake, you want to be very careful not to damage the pipes.
  5. Remove the drain bend. One of the last ditch efforts is to remove the drain bend, which is the U-shaped pipe underneath the sink. Just make sure to turn off the water to the sink before you remove it and you might also want to have a bucket and a few rags to lay down – it is about to get messy. When you remove the drain bend, simply clean it out. Once the clog is clear you can breathe a long sigh of relief.

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