You wake up in the morning to brush your teeth, realizing that the bathroom sink won’t drain. There is nothing more frustrating than a clogged drain, especially when it happens at the worst time. However, you can get your clogged bathroom sink flowing again without any chemicals or professional plumbers required.

Here is how to unclog a bathroom sink:

  1. Disconnect the stopper

A dirty stopper filled with gunk is likely the problem for your clogged bathroom sink. So, gunk has probably collected on the stopper. And before you can clean it, you have to disconnect the stopper. First thing you need to do is go under the sink and look for a metal strip with holes. Then, you need to unscrew the pivot nut connecting this metal strip to the drain pipe. Finally, pull the rod out of the pop-up assembly to disconnect it from the stopper.

  1. Remove and clean the stopper

Once you’ve finally removed the stopper, clean it with a damp paper towel. Remove any gunk from the stopper and throw it into a trash can.

  1. Snake the drain

If you don’t have a hand snake, you can purchase one at your local hardware store. If you have a had snake, you can insert it into the drain and crank the handle to spin the head around inside the pipe. This will collect any obstruction in the pipe such as hair, dirt, soap scum, and other debris. You should repeat this process until the hand snake comes out relatively clean.

  1. Reinstall the stopper

Once you’ve hand snake the drain, you should reinstall the stopper. First thing you need to do is go under the sink and reconnect the pivot nut to the strip with holes. It’s important to test if the stopper is functioning correctly. You can do this by pulling up on the metal rod behind the faucet.

  1. Check the p-trap

If your bathroom sink still won’t drain, the next thing you need to do is check the p-trap. First thing you need to do is place a bucket under the p-trap, which is the elbow-shaped section of plumbing and unscrew the connectors holding the pipe in place with a wrench. Then, dump out the water and any gunk from the p-trap and wipe out the inside of the pipe to remove any other debris. Finally, reattach the p-trap and the water should flow.

If your bathroom sink still won’t drain, it’s time to call a professional plumber for help. Draintony specializes in drain repair and basement waterproofing services, available 24/7 to provide you with emergency plumbing services at no extra costs.