3 Steps to Unclog Your Sink Before You Call a Plumber


Sinks clog. It’s just what they do! In an effort to prevent clogging, avoid rinsing clog-inducing materials down the drain such as hair, oil, or food byproducts. If you do find yourself with a clog, what should you do? In some cases, sink clogs require the assistance of a professional plumber; at 1 Call Plumbing, we’ve got the tools and know-how to remove even the stubbornest clogs.

In other instances, you may be able to remove the clog yourself. Here are three things to try before you call in a plumber.

  1. Plunger
    Yes, plungers work on sinks too! A common household plunger isn’t just a tool for unclogging backed up toilets, it’s useful for any kind of clog. Before plunging, place the mouth of the plunger over the entire opening of the sink; the goal is to create tightly-sealed suction. Hold on to the handle and plunge the plunger 6-10 times in rapid succession. Didn’t work? Reseal and try again a few more times. Be careful of water! Plungers can cause a sudden rush of water that might splash back.
  2. Baking Soda + Salt
    Although you might be tempted to reach for a bottle of Super Strong Ultra-Fast Drain Cleaner…don’t! Drain cleaners contain hazardous chemicals that are bad for the environment and terrible for your pipes. Instead, try a natural solution. Mix one cup of plain baking soda with ½ a cup of salt. Pour down the drain and allow to sit for a few hours or even overnight. Flush the drain with at least 2 cups of boiling hot water. This method works particularly well for gradual clogs like hairballs and grease buildup.
  3. Coat Hanger
    What can you try if you know there’s an object or objects clogging the sink? Grab a traditional metal coat hanger and unbend it. Use the straightest end to “snake” down the drain and try to push the clog through. It may take a few tries to get the leverage you’re looking for and you might want to run the water slightly while you work (unless the sink won’t drain at all.)


Still clogged? You need the help of a plumber!
1 Call Plumbing is your local plumber in Charlotte. We’ve been helping Charlotteans unclog sinks (and fix leaks and install plumbing…) for decades. Give us a call when you need help fast.

Reach us anytime at 704.563.8182