How to Unclog a Drain

How to Unclog a Drain

Clogged drains are a common occurrence for most individuals and families. Typically, they are caused by natural occurrences, such as an accumulation of hair. However, clogged drains do not spring up overnight, so if you notice that your sinks are slowly draining, then this is the sign of a larger plumbing problem to come.

Kitchen or Bathroom Sink

Oftentimes, when the kitchen sink is clogged, the problem lies with the garbage disposal. Make sure to clean out any strainers and keep your garbage disposal clean and well maintained to prevent any problems.


In the event of a kitchen or bathroom sink clog, consider putting ½ cup of baking soda, followed by 1 cup of white vinegar down the drain. Allow it to fizz and then follow with a gallon of very hot water. You may need to repeat this step several times before achieving the desired results.


Typically, a bathroom sink clog is caused by a natural accumulation of hair and soap scum. If your sink has a stopper that is connected to a pop-up assembly, then remove any hair that is attached to the stopper. You may also consider taking the trap apart to look at the tailpiece under the sink. This may also have hair in it, which should be removed and safely disposed of.

Tub or Shower

If your tub or shower is draining slowly or not draining at all, there is likely a drain clog that you will need to contend with. If your tub has a switch that lets water out, remove the two screws and lift the trip lever assembly and remove any hair or items that may be causing the clog.


It is important to master the art of plunging because your plunger can help to clear clogs in your kitchen sink, bathroom sink, shower, and toilet. You may also consider using a bent up wire hanger to fish around for the source of the clog. However, plunging is usually enough to deal with the issue and is much less messy.

When Is It Time to Call the Plumber?

If you have more questions about how to unclog a drain, call your local plumber for the information and guidance you need. If you are still left with a problem, or if you continually have a clogged drain on your hands, then it may be time to call a professional plumbing company who knows how to unclog a drain once and for all.

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