If your bathroom sink's drain has been flowing more slowly lately than it used to, then you need to clear out the clog and clean the drain. The good news is that you can easily accomplish this task using inexpensive items you already have in your kitchen pantry.
Follow these simple steps to clear the clog and clean your bathroom sink's drain:
Step 1: Remove Any Water from the Sink
If there is water in the bathroom sink that will not drain out, then you need to take a cup and bail out the water. The more water your remove, the easier it will be to clear the drain.
Step 2: Add Baking Soda to the Drain
Add a cup of baking soda to the sink's drain. You can add the baking soda through the water if necessary, as most of it will sink to the bottom of the drain.
Step 3: Add White Vinegar to the Drain
Pour a couple cups of white vinegar into the drain on top of the vinegar. The chemical reaction between the acidic vinegar and basic baking soda will cause a release of air bubbles. The bubbles cause pressure to form in the drain and this pressure helps to loosen the hair, oil, and dirt that is clogging the drain. Give the reaction about ten minutes to complete.
Step 4: Wash the Drain with Hot Water and Dish Soap
Once the vinegar and baking soda reaction has completed, then all of the bubbles will stop. At this point, you should add a teaspoon of dish soap to the drain followed by running the hot water tap. The dish soap will help to dissolve any oils in the drain and will help to lubricate any stuck hair and allow it to pass through your home's plumbing.
Step 5: Plunge if Necessary
If the clog persists, then you should plunge it with a clean toilet plunger. For bathroom sinks that contain an overflow drain, you will need to plug it with either a washcloth or rag in order to build up the necessary suction to successfully plunge the drain. Once the drain clog has been released, then follow with another round of hot water and dish soap to further clean the drain.
If your bathroom sink's drain is excessively clogged, then you may need to contact a plumbing contractor, such as West Sound Plumbing Service, to come out to your home and auger out the drain.