How to Fix a Clogged Bathroom Sink in 7 Essential Steps

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Step 1. Use a Plunger

A clogged bathroom sink can be the worst, having to peer at a gunky water-filled basin each time you enter your bathroom, not to mention, having no place to wash your hands or even worse, having to wash your hands in an already filled sink with the threat of it overflowing onto the floor each time you do.

Unclogging a bathroom sink may not always require the costly services of a professional plumber or hazardous chemical drain cleaners. In fact, many sink clogs can be easily cleared using the following tips on how to fix a clogged bathroom sink.

First, try using a plunger to clear your sink clog. To plunge your sink, if the sink is not already filled with water, then simply fill the sink with water.

If you have a single bathroom sink, simply insert a damp cloth into the overflow hole or holes to give the plunger more suction power. If you have a double bathroom sink, then be sure to close off one drain when plunging the other for added power.

Next, place the plunger securely over the sink stopper and then simply press the plunger down firmly against the bottom of the sink bowl and then pull up with force to loosen any clogs.

Continue the process until the clog is cleared or it is determined that this is not the problem.

Occasionally, the lever on the pop-up assembly, or the part of the sink that allows the stopper to go up and down, becomes loos. This can cause the lever to hang unusually low. When this occurs, it prevents the stopper from fully lifting, which can prevent the sink from draining properly.

So simply maneuver the stopper up and down to be sure the stopper is fully lifting and allowing the sink to drain properly.

You can also test the stopper by closing the stopper and then filling your sink with water. Next, open the stopper, and time how long it takes for the water to drain.

If the stopper is not the issue, then the next step is to remove the pop-up assembly.

Any gunk that is attached to the assembly may fall off into the drain. Simply remove any residual gunk in the drain by hand.

Step 2. Inspect the Stopper

With the pop-up assembly still unattached, simply remove the stopper and inspect the end of it for build-up. You may be surprised at the amount of hair, toothpaste, and other gunk that is present on the end of the stopper, which over time can clog your sink.

Sometimes hair and gunk will also travel down into the assembly and become attached to the end of the lift lever, which can also clog the sink and prevent the stopper from lifting properly. Therefore, you need to remove the lift lever from the assembly and inspect it as well.

Step 3. Remove the Pop-Up Assembly

Once the lift lever is removed, simply remove any hair and gunk build-up to restore it to proper working order.

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