Clogged Sink: Clear it Like a Pro!

A clogged sink is one of those inconveniences that seems to occur at the most inconvenient times. Whether it’s a bathroom sink clogged with shaving cream and toothpaste or a kitchen sink blocked by food particles, it’s a common issue that most homeowners face at some point. Thankfully, with a little guidance from John C. Flood, you can clear that clogged sink like a pro!

Step 1: Identify the Problem

First, determine where the clog is. Is it in the bathroom where hair and soap scum may be the culprits, or in the kitchen where food waste might be blocking the way? Understanding what might be causing the clog can help you choose the best tools for the job.

Step 2: Gather Your Tools

For most clogs, a plunger, plumber’s snake, or handheld drain auger will be sufficient. You may also need a bucket and some gloves to keep things clean.

Step 3: Start with the Plunger

Place the plunger over the drain, ensuring a good seal. Push down firmly and then pull up sharply, repeating several times. This can often dislodge the clog.

Step 4: Use a Plumber’s Snake or Handheld Drain Auger

If the plunger doesn’t work, a plumber’s snake or handheld drain auger can be inserted into the drain to break up the clog. Turn the handle in a clockwise direction as you push it down the drain.

Step 5: Check the P-Trap

If the clog is still not cleared, you may need to check the P-trap (the U-shaped pipe under the sink). Place a bucket underneath to catch any spillage, then unscrew the connectors and remove the P-trap. Clear any blockage and reattach it.

Step 6: Flush with Hot Water

Once the clog is cleared, run hot water down the drain for several minutes to ensure that all debris has been flushed away.

Step 7: When to Call a Professional

If the clog persists after trying these methods, it might be time to call a professional plumber like John C. Flood. There may be an underlying issue that requires specialized equipment or expertise.

Safety First!

Be cautious with chemical drain cleaners, as they can damage your pipes and create dangerous fumes. If you’ve used a chemical drain cleaner and the clog persists, do not attempt to mechanically clear the clog without taking proper safety precautions.


Clogged sinks are a common household problem, but they don’t have to be a major headache. With the right tools and techniques, you can clear most clogs yourself, just like a pro! However, if the situation becomes too challenging, don’t hesitate to contact John C. Flood’s licensed and experienced technicians at 703-214-5611! Our experienced plumbers are always ready to assist with all your plumbing needs. Clearing a clogged sink has never been so easy!

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