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Unclogging your kitchen or bathroom sink is one of the easiest DIY plumbing jobs you can do around the house. You don’t have to be a professional or have specialized tools and equipment to get the job done right. As long as you follow our simple guide, you’ll be able to save a lot of time and money and avoid making any costly mistakes.

DO prepare the right tools and supplies beforehand

Before you go ahead and start the whole process, you need to make sure you got the right supplies. Those include:

  • Gloves

  • Bucket

  • Rags

  • White distilled vinegar

  • Baking soda

  • Metal clothes hanger or a drain snake

  • Plunger 

Once you have all the supplies and tools on hand, you can go ahead and start clearing the clog.

DON’T pour water over a completely blocked drain

While pouring hot water is usually the first step you do when trying to clear a clogged drain, pouring on additional water when the drain is completely blocked will just add more water to the basin and make it harder for you to work on clearing the blockage. While hot water is a great way to clean your drains from food build-up, grease, soap residue and so on, if you notice that the water in your sink isn’t draining at all stop the faucet right away.

DO try to use natural, eco-friendly solutions

Try to avoid using harsh caustic chemicals which are not only bad for the environment and our water systems but can also damage older pipes and can often cause more harm than good. Opt for all-natural solutions and ingredients you already have in your home such as baking soda and white distilled vinegar which is a great combination when it comes to getting rid of clogs. If, however, you’re set on using a commercial drain cleaner, then at least try to purchase a biodegradable one, which is a safer option for your pipes and the environment.

DON’T avoid using the plunger

If you’re dealing with a light clog in the drainpipe, you can use a plunger to loosen it up and break it off. First, seal off the overflow drain using a wet rag, then run some water in the sink and place the plunger over the drain creating a seal so you can start plunging. Plunge up and down vigorously for a couple of minutes and repeat the process several times if necessary. Do not use excessive force so as not to damage the drain line connection and ruin the trap.

DO use a manual auger or a metal hanger for tougher clogs

If you’re dealing with a more stubborn clog that cannot be cleared using a plunger or a vinegar and baking soda solution, you can buy a manual auger from your local hardware store or fashion your own snake out of a metal hanger to try and locate the clog and break it up so you can clear the blockage.