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How to unclog my bathroom sink???

post #1 of 15
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So, I have never had a plugged bathroom sink before, and its really plugged. It has one of those lever things that you push down to close the flap thing and then pull up to open to let the water out..

Well since that metal flap thing is there, I can't get into the hole to clean it out

In my bathroom the flap thing comes out, but I have tried pulling the sink one and it doesn't budge..

What can I do?
post #2 of 15
I'd go for some liquid plumber. We have a horrible bathtub and have to do that every so often. Usually we'll do it before we leave for work and shut the door so the girls can't get in. Then when I get home from work I rinse and clean the tub real good.
post #3 of 15
I agree, try some Liquid Plumber, you can pour it through standing water. But I have to say that if your sink is clogged with hair, the Liquid Plumber might not disolve the clog. At least that's what happened when my bathroom sink was clogged recently.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by Lorie D. View Post
I agree, try some Liquid Plumber, you can pour it through standing water. But I have to say that if your sink is clogged with hair, the Liquid Plumber might not disolve the clog. At least that's what happened when my bathroom sink was clogged recently.
Hmmm, but then how do I get at the hair??
post #5 of 15
Hopefully it will disolve the hair. But there should be a way to disconnect the lever thing that makes it stay in there, then a plumbers snake should do it. Can't help you much with that part though.
post #6 of 15
I vote plumber. I am not good with things of that sort. Sorry but I wish I could help you.
post #7 of 15
Depends on what type clog is there and how deep. Before you call a plumber if you have a spare metal hanger you can stretch that out, but leave a smallish hook at the end. And stick that down the drain and try and pull the clogged hair out.
post #8 of 15
If you are going to use liquid plumber get the gel kind. It seems to work better. I cheat and use that when our kitchen sink tries to clog but a lot of people, plumbers included, will tell you not to use it because the chemicals are really bad for your pipes. You can call a plumber and ask what they would charge to come out and do it for you. If you're renting, your landlord may even have to pay fo rit.
post #9 of 15
You could also check the forums here and see if you can find an answer to your question. Good luck!
post #10 of 15
First, remove the cat from the sink
Try Liquid Plumber Foaming Pipe Snake.
post #11 of 15
Liquid Plumbr usually works (even with my hair) and sometimes if you twist the metal flap thingy it screws out
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
Liquid Plumbr usually works (even with my hair) and sometimes if you twist the metal flap thingy it screws out
I tried screwing it out like the bathtub drain one, but it won't budge ..I will buy some liquid plummer next time I am out!!Thanks guys!
post #13 of 15
I can't get the stopper thingy to come off my bathtubs. Recently found a cheap effective means of getting the hair out. It's a long (maybe 12 inches), flexible plastic strip with teeth on two sides, cost about a dollar. The teeth fold inward when you push it down, then open and grab when you pull it back up. Worked like a charm! Got the thingy at Walmart in the section with other plumbing doo-dads.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Phat Locani View Post
I can't get the stopper thingy to come off my bathtubs. Recently found a cheap effective means of getting the hair out. It's a long (maybe 12 inches), flexible plastic strip with teeth on two sides, cost about a dollar. The teeth fold inward when you push it down, then open and grab when you pull it back up. Worked like a charm! Got the thingy at Walmart in the section with other plumbing doo-dads.
Cool, thanks for that tip!
post #15 of 15
http://www.drano.com/standing-water/default.aspx

Draino Max is excellent. My bathtub drain was so plugged that it took almost 8 hours to drain after a shower. I bought a small bottle of Draino Max, poured the whole thing down the drain as per the instructions. Waited something like 30 minutes and then poured really hot water down the drain (I used water from my kettle as the water from the shower faucet doesn't come out hot immediately. I got it hot but not boiling). The clog was totally gone.
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