If you are a DIY enthusiast and you have free time to clear your bathroom sink clogged, you can save some money in doing the job. However, if this is the first time that you’ll be doing it, you have to be careful because there are some parts below the sink that might be damaged.
DIY bathroom sink clogged tips
- Clearing the clog over the sink – Put the stopper lever in closed position. Then, unscrew the nut that keeps the pivot rod in place. Take out the pivot rod from the drain pipe in order to release the stopper. You’ll find debris in and around the stopper. Clean the area by using a small wire brush. If you see that it’s still clogged in the area, use a half-cup plunger. Break up the clog by moving the plunger in an up-and-down direction.
- Clearing the bathroom sink clogged beneath the sink – Remove the sink drain trap and clean the sink with water. Use channel-type pliers to loosen the slip nuts found on the trap bend. Take out the pipe and remove any debris by a small wire brush. After rinsing with water, put the trap bend back and use channel-type pliers to tighten the slip nuts.
- Clearing a plunger-type drain – Unscrew the cover plate, then, remove the cover plate from the opening of the overflow drain. By using a small wire brush, remove any debris around the links as well as from the plunger pieces of hardware. When you’ve finished cleaning, apply heatproof grease to lubricate the pieces.
- Clearing a pop-up drain bathroom sink clogged – Lift up the trip lever to its fullest open position. Pull the stopper and the rocker arm assembly, and use a wire brush to clean the rocker arm. After removing the screws on the cover plate, take out the trip lever, cover plate and linkage on the overflow drain. Start removing any hair and debris, then, clean any corrosion with the use of a small wire brush applied with vinegar. Lastly, reinstall.
You will notice that three tools are of great help when clearing your bathroom sink clogged. They are easy to use and safe on pipes as compared to chemicals. You can do the job by yourself, but if you think it’s too challenging, then, you can just call a professional plumber who offers a flat rate on materials and labor!