6 Quick and Easy Ways to Unclog Sinks

sink unclogA sink plays an essential role to your family’s health as well as in the house. It is used for hand washing, cleaning and preparing of food, and washing of the kitchen utensils and dishes. A study was done showing that kitchen sink is dirtier than the toilet. Also, on another study, it showed that of all kitchen sinks examined, 46% had more than 100,000 per square centimeter of bacteria count. This only shows how dirty the sink is having entirely full of different kinds of bacteria, just waiting for a chance to make a member of your family sickly. And if the sink clogs, this allows the bacteria to multiply, exposing serious health problems to your family especially if left unclean.

Luckily enough we have simple and easy ways in cleaning up clogged sinks. We have gathered these do-it-yourself steps for you with the help of tools and materials you can easily find in your house.

Tools and Materials to Use:

  • Clamps
  • Allen Wrench
  • Pipe Wrench
  • Pliers
  • Plunger
  • Snake or Hand Auger (3/8-in. model that’s about 20 ft. long)
  • Bucket or plastic bin (fits under the drain)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Flash light
  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar

Important reminder:

Unplug the disposer and place a bucket or plastic bin under the sink drain.

Steps to do:

  1. Check the sink, where disposer is connected, if it’s clogged. If it doesn’t drain, plunge it with enough force to remove the clog.
  2. If the sink where disposer is connected is okay, the other drain needs to be plunged. Fasten the drain hose if sink has a dishwasher, and then fill the sink with 1 to 2 glass of water enough for the plunger to latch around the drain tightly. Before starting to plunge, do not forget to cover the other sink with a wet cloth so plunging will be work effectively.


Caution: Do not plunge the sink if you have already poured chemical cleaners inside the sink as it may cause serious burn on your skin.

  1. Detach the trap by loosen the slip nuts on the trap arm. Check the waste tee and the P-trap for any clog and then clean it. Re-attached the P-trap in between waste tee and trap arm and tighten enough the slip nuts using pliers. Run warm water into the sink for testing.
  2. If waste tee and P-trap aren’t clogged, check the opening of pipe stub-out by running around a screwdriver inside of it. Remove any debris that will be collected in the opening.
  3. If pipe stub-out isn’t clogged though, then the sink hole needs to be checked. The snake or hand auger needs is to be prepared to remove the clog inside the sink hole. Unloose the setscrew at the tip of the snake and pull out 6 to 10 inches of cable. Tighten the setscrew and then spin it while inserting it down into the sink hole until it stops, which means the cable had reached the clog. Once the cable snake touches the clog, turn it counterclockwise then pull out the cable. Clean the cable from any debris and repeat the same process until the sink hole is free from the blockage. Once blockage is fully removed from the hole, reassemble the P-trap, and then run enough water to flush and clean the line.
  4. Once the drain sink has been unclogged, flush it with the mixture of ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of white vinegar into it. Cover both sink openings for few minutes and then run plenty of water to clear out the mixture.

Quick Fact: The mixture of baking soda and white vinegar breaks down leftover debris inside the sink hole, leaving it smelling fresh also.

Just like any other parts of your house, the sink also needs follow-up cleaning. If we can clean the house regularly, sure we can also do it on our sink before it gets clogged.