There is nothing worse than when you are in the bathroom, and you notice the water has stopped going down the drain. You wonder how long the slow drain has been going on, or worse yet if you have a dreaded clog in the sink. This is when the water does not go down at all and just sits there. Depending on where the clog is and what it could possibly be from will help you determine what actions you can take to clear it. The best thing to do is to take a moment and think before you start attacking the drain. You want to make sure the actions that you are taking are going to ultimately make things better and not make things worse. Here are some practical ideas to deal with a clog in the sink.

When there is a clog in the sink, there are a few things to consider before you begin working on your drainage issue. Was there anything around the sink that used to be there and now is not? This could just mean that something big fell down the drain and is blocking it. If this is the case, you might want to see if you can visualize the drain to see if the obstruction will be easy to clear. It could be something easy, like getting pliers and reaching down to pull it out.

On the other hand, if you are dealing with hair or a general gunk clog, then there are other options that can be available. You can see if you can visualize the mass that is clogging the drain. You could pull this out. If it is farther down, then you can try some drain cleaner (using the type that is appropriate for your pipe material). You’ll want to check and follow the directions so that you are using the product safely. You can try snaking the drain to see if you can snare the mass. This can take mere moments to fix. Again, make sure you are using the correct tools for the type of piping you have.

You can also try equal parts baking soda and vinegar or put some boiling water down the drain. If none of these satisfactorily clear the drain, you can always call the plumber. These professionals will be able to assess what is wrong with your drain, ask the right questions to get to the problem fast, and work in an efficient and safe manner that will take care of your clog in no time.