Do-It-Yourself Tips for Unblocking a Bathroom Sink


The bathroom sink is one of the most important parts of our bathroom. Bathroom sink needs to be installed correctly and should be used and maintained properly. Having a clogged bathroom sink is inevitable especially if you don’t know how to properly maintain and use it. Slow drain bathroom sink is unfortunately one of the common problems in many of us homeowners but the good news is it not that hard to fix at all.

In order for you do the fix the right way, you need to have proper understanding first on few things about plumbing and parts of your sink. The drain is the tube coming from your sink going to the system underneath your sink. Connected to the drain is the P-trap. P-trap usually looks like a letter U in shape. The water coming from your sink goes to the drain and flows into the P-trap and then goes to the tube in your wall. The reason why the P-trap is shaped into like letter U because the water needs to stand by on the curve part of the P-trap so that sewage gases does not come back in from your plumbing lines and into your bathroom. The water in the P-trap prevents the sewage gas to come back to your bathroom.

We will provide you an easy way to unclog your bathroom sink, just prepare the tools needed and follow the steps then you are on your way for fixing your bathroom sink.

Things needed:

  • Medium sized Tupperware container
  • Towel
  • Pliers


    1. It is advisable to put a towel underneath your bathroom sink to absorb any drop of water from the tube that you are working on.
    2. Place the medium sized Tupperware container at the top of the towel. Make sure you align the Tupperware container on the exact spot where the P-trap is located so that it can catch any water from the P-Trap.
    3. Loosen the slip knots on the P-trap by your hands or if it is hard enough you can use pliers to unscrew the slip knots. Unscrew both the top and the bottom slip knots of the P-trap. After the two slip knots have been loosen, you can slowly remove the P-trap from the tube connecting from the drain.

Take Note: When you are about to remove the P-trap, ensure that the Tupperware and the towel is definitely located below the P-trap’s location to catch any water from the P-trap.

    4. Once you have successfully removed the P-trap have a look on the inside of it for any obstruction. Obstructions are normally located in the P-trap. If you see the obstruction, remove it directly and clean the P-trap.
    5. If the obstruction is not located at the P-trap, try to remove the slip knot for the goose neck pipe and observe for any materials causing obstruction if still you have not located the obstruction you can search it from the tube going to the stopper. Chances are the obstructions are just located on those parts of your bathroom sink.

Once you have located the cause of clog make sure you completely clean the pipe and re-install the parts of the tubes connecting to your bathroom drain. After everything has been installed, turn on the water and observe if there is any water dripping on the pipes underneath your bathroom sink. If there is then you just need to tighten the slip knots connecting the tubes.

Knowing how to do basic trouble shooting steps for unclogging your bathroom sink helps you save money, time and lessens the cause of stress.