Fixing a backed up sink drain yourself has two big advantages: You save time and you save money.
After all, who has the leisure time - or the inclination - to wait all day for an expensive plumbing service to stop by?
When sinks in the kitchen or bathroom back up, pouring liberal doses of very hot water down the drain will often help by melting greasy clogs away.
If that doesn't cut it, here are 3 ways you can clean the clogged drain yourself. You'll be glad you didn't spend your time or money waiting around for someone to do it for you!
Drain clogs often happen at the strainer, and are easily fixed by removing the strainer or stopper and cleaning it.
Sure, you put it there for the toilet. But a toilet plunger is really a universal drain cleaner that can remove sink clogs with suction quite efficiently, too.
When the clog is cleared, run hot water to wash down any remaining clogged material that might be lingering in the drain.
As a last resort to your backed up sink - and before calling a plumbing repair service - pour a liquid drain cleaner into the sink. These chemical cleaners can usually burn through all but the toughest of clogs quickly.
If the drain opener or several short sessions with the drain plunger won't dislodge the blockage - or if you've noticed that several of your home's other sinks are also draining sluggishly - the problem is likely to be a main drain clog deep inside your main house drain or a sewer clog.
Both are well outside your reach. It's now time to call a professional drain service.