How to Clear a Stopped Up Sink

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A stopped up sink causes damaging overflows of water. Unblock your sink with the help of this free video presented by a professional and experienced plumber.

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I'm Terry from Towers Murray Plumbing, Murray, Utah, here to show you how to unplug a stopped up bathroom sink. The first thing that needs to be done is remove the stopper. The stopper is removed from underneath and inside the sink. Next, you'll want to start with a plunger. You can use a regular plunger. They do make smaller plungers made for sinks. Put it over the top of the hole. There's an overflow. You'll need to plug the overflow off with your hand, maybe a wet rag. Plunge it just like you would a toilet, give that thing a few good plunges, let some air in, give that thing a few more good plunges. Hopefully, that's unplugged your sink. If not, there are a few products on the market that can be used, liquids and/or crystals for unstopping the sink. If the plug is beyond what a plunger or chemical products can clean, then you'll need a hand snake or call in a professional. He can come in with a power snake to clean your drain for you. Again, I'm Terry with Towers Murray Plumber, Murray, Utah. We've just shown you how to clean the drain on a bathroom sink.

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