Every plumbing appliance – sink, toilet, tub, etc. – is a trap; meaning it prevents the back flow of sewer gas back into your home. Most clogs occur in these traps and your first mission in de-clogging is to locate the clog.
Sometimes you may get lucky and clogs will resolve themselves after a little bit of time. For the stubborn clogs, try one of these home remedies – after protecting the floor first. And don’t forget your rubber gloves!
The Traditional Plunger:
A plunger works just as well in sinks as on toilets. Just remember to use two different plungers! Sometimes adding petroleum jelly to the rim will help with suction. For bad toilet clogs, a heavy-duty rubber plunger will work better than the suction-cup plunger (which can work well for sinks).
This tool is sometimes also called a Plumber’s auger and it allows you to explore the drain until you find the clog. Once you’ve found the clog, the tool will also allow you to “hook” it and remove the problem or break it up.