How to Unclog a Drain

If your sink drain gets backed up, you probably reach for the liquid drain cleaner to solve the problem. But if that doesn’t work, what do you do? Clogs in sinks happen all the time, and if you know how to unclog a sink drain on your own, you’ll save tons of money by doing yourself instead of calling a plumber.

Friedman’s Home Improvement is here to help with some tried and true methods of unclogging a sink drain:

  1. First, use a drain cleaner to see if this fixes the problem.
  2. If that does not work, detach the sink plug from the pivot rod under the sink and remove it to see if there is hair or other foreign material that you can pull from it.
  3. If the clog remains, use a plunger.
  4. If that doesn't work, use an auger/snake, pushing the auger/snake through the drain until the clog is removed.
  5. Still not working? Remove the trap underneath the sink and and clean the pipes out with the auger/snake.

Voila! You’re done, and everyone who uses that clogged sink (or tub) will thank you for your hard work getting it to flow again. Celebrate by inviting your friends over for drinks so you can show off your handywork!

For help selecting the tools and supplies you’ll need unclog a sink drain, visit us at Friedman's online or at one of our Santa Rosa, Sonoma, or Ukiah stores, where you'll get the lowest price and local advice.
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