When the bathroom drain gets blocked, trying these tricks first

  • If the sink has a push-type pop-up stopper, unwind it, remove debris and wash the stopper and plug hole with soapy water and an old toothbrush.  
  • USE A PLUNGER if the blockage persists. Stuff the overflow opening with a wet cloth,position the plunger cup so it covers the drain hole, then fill the sink with enough water to cover the cup. 
  • Plunge vigorously up and down until the debris is sucked out. Never use a plunger immediately after pouring chemicals down the drain.
  • Try a coat hanger if the plunger didn’t work. Unwind and remove the pop-up stopper, bend a hook in a wire coat hanger and feed it down the drain.
  • Fish around for whatever is blocking the pipe and try to pull it out. 
  • Check the trap under the sink. Put a bucket under the U-bend and unscrew the couplings connecting it to the pipes. Let the water drain, then search for the blockage with coat hanger wire. 
  • Use an auger or plumber’s snake if you have one, as they have a longer reach than coat hanger wire.
  • If all else fails and you want it fixed quickly call Greg . To save time and money tell the plumber what measures you have already tried.