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How to unclog a drain

It’s frustrating when your sink is slow to drain. It may be clogged and will need unplugging. Follow these easy steps to help drain out the frustration.

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15 MIN | EASY | 14 STEPS

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

STEP 1

Start by putting on your gloves and safety glasses.

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STEP 2

Caution: The tip of the auger is sharp.

Safety glasses will protect your eyes from splashes if chemicals were used in an attempt to clean the drain earlier.

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STEP 3

With a clogged bathroom sink, start by removing the pop-up drain plug.

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STEP 4

Disconnect the lift arm and remove the lift mechanism from the drain pipe.

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STEP 5

In this case, the clog will be cleared through the drain.

STEP 6

Release the cable lock.

Begin feeding the auger down the drain until you reach the clog or an obstruction like a sharp bend in the pipe.

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STEP 7

When you meet some resistance, lock the cable.

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STEP 8

Rotate the auger clockwise, while applying pressure on the cable.

Take your time – the auger bit has to travel through bends in the pipe to reach the clog.

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STEP 9

Once the auger is moving easily, release more cable.

You can then lock it and begin rotating the auger and applying pressure to reach the clog.

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STEP 10

As the auger reaches the clog, keep rotating the auger and applying pressure to clear the clog.

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STEP 11

Once the clog has been cleared, release the lock and retrieve the cable.

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STEP 12

Clean the auger tip.

Be careful of splashes in case there is drain cleaning fluid in the clog.

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STEP 13

Re-install the pop-up stopper.

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STEP 14

Don’t forget to clean the sink. And you’re done!