How to Unclog a Sink or Toilet


If you have a clogged sink or toilet, there are a few things you can do to try and unclog it yourself. Keep reading for some tips on how to unclog a sink or toilet.

How do you unclog a sink?

If you are experiencing plumbing problems with your sink, various steps can help you resolve the issue. For sinks, common causes of clogs include food waste, grease, and hair. You will need a plunger, a bucket, and dish soap; if the clog is further down the pipe, you may also need a cable auger. You’ll also need these tools when unclogging a toilet. First, fill the bucket with water and add enough dish soap to make it foamy.

Place the plunger over the drain and push and pull it up and down until the clog is dislodged. If this doesn’t work, try using the cable auger. Sink cable augers are one of the most commonly used tools for clearing clogs in sinks, toilets, and other drains. If you find your sink clogged and a plunger doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, using a sink cable auger may be your best bet. To use a sink cable auger, first, shut off the water to the sink at the valve.

Then, place the sink cable auger over the drain and insert the end of the cable into the drain. Turn the crank on the handle to feed the cable into the drain. When the cable reaches the clog, it will snag and pull it out of the drain. If the clog is significant, you may have to repeat the process several times to get it all out. Once the clog is cleared, turn the water back on to the sink and check to ensure the drain is clear.

How do you unclog a toilet?

If your toilet is clogged, the first step is to determine what is causing the blockage. For toilets, common causes of clogs include human waste and toilet paper. Once you have determined the cause of the clog, there are several methods you can use to try to unclog it. To unclog a toilet, pour a pot of boiling water into the bowl and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, reach into the toilet with a plunger and try to dislodge the clog. If this doesn’t work, use the cable auger. If these methods do not work, you may need to call a plumber to help unclog your toilet.

How can you prevent clogging?

There are many ways to prevent clogging, but the most important is to be vigilant in your daily habits. Some ways to prevent clogging include first, making sure you only put things in your garbage disposal that are meant to be disposed of. This means putting food scraps in the trash instead of the garbage disposal and not putting hard items like fruit pits down the garbage disposal. You should also avoid putting things like grease, fat, bones, coffee grounds, glass, metal, and plastic down the disposal.

Avoid putting too much food down at once. If the disposal gets overwhelmed, it can start to smell bad and may even break. You also need to run plenty of water while the disposal is on. Water is vital when it comes to keeping your disposal running smoothly. Not only does running water helps to flush away any debris that may be caught in the disposal, but it also helps to keep the disposal cool. If you don’t run water while the disposal is on, the heat from the motor can cause the water to boil and create pressure. This pressure can cause the disposal to burst and make a huge mess.

Finally, ensure you regularly clean your disposal with a dishwasher-safe cleaner to remove any build-up.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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1 year ago

Thank you for sharing such helpful info! However, you didn’t mention how to prevent clogging the toilet. In this article, you can find some simple and, at the same time, working tips:

1 year ago

Thanks for sharing! You made good suggestions for removing the blockage. I just want to add that no matter where the clog is, never use store-bought chemical drain cleaners. First, these products are very dangerous. People who inhale the fumes have damage to the throat, nose, and lungs. The chemicals can also corrode the pipes, which can lead to costly problems in the future.