When you have a clogged sink, what do you do? Pour hot water down the drain? Try to fish out the offending object with a hanger? These options all have their use cases, but more often than not a plunger is the best option for the sink.
While most of us associate plungers with the toilet, they’re great for unclogging drains all around your house – provided you know what you’re doing, of course.
Follow these steps:
Choose the right type. Plungers are not a one-size-fits-all tool, as you need the right one for the job. As opposed to a protruding flange plunger, the classic flat-on-the-bottom plunger is meant for sinks. Since sinks are flat on the bottom, so too should the plunger you use. That way, you can create a tight seal, which is needed in order for a plunger to work properly.
Next, make sure you’re using it correctly. Once a tight seal has been created to ensure you have a vacuum in place, gently compress and then use force to pull back up. This way, the item clogging the drain goes up and out, as opposed to becoming further stuck in there.