How to Unblock a Bathroom Sink That Drains Slowly

A bathroom plug hole is a likely culprit for a blockage. Body wash, shampoo, soap and hair create a nasty concoction that can be difficult to be left untreated.

However, if you notice that the water is draining away slowly, you might be able to fix it yourself and become a “drain hero” of epic proportions.

Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or whether household jobs scare you a bit, after following this step-by-step guide you will be fully equipped to unblock your bathroom sink.

All you need is a wire coat hanger, some pliers, and to bit of elbow grease to create what we in the trade call a “pokey thing”. This is the magic instrument needed to hook out small blockages such as hair. Providing it’s not a bigger issue, your sink will be back in action in no time!

Step 1

Using your pair of pliers, cut a straight section of your wire hanger. If you don’t own pliers and are feeling strong, you could try bending the wire until it snaps, but pliers are a more effective method by far.

Step 2  

Now it’s time to create your hook – this is what you will use to remove the stuff from your plug hole. Bend a hook on one end, wide enough to “grab on” to the hair, but still thin enough to fit down your plug hole. Bend another hook at the other end to help you grip and twist the pokey thing when it is down the hole.

Step 3

Carefully lower your hook into the plug hole, and start twisting the other end to try and latch on to the mucky waste. The U-bend in the pipe under the sink will prevent you from going too far, although please double check that your hook is small enough to fit back through the hole, because if you get it stuck, there will be a much bigger problem! Keep fiddling with the wire to hook onto the muck and then pull it back through the plug hole, pushing it back and twisting again if it feels stuck.

Step 4

After pulling out the blockage (this may take a few attempts), run the tap and test the sink. Has it worked? Fantastic! Give yourself a pat on the back, and put the kettle on. If not, try again with the hook.

If this method doesn’t work, it may be time for a professional. Give us a call and we’ll come to the rescue!