Extreme sink unblocking | Blocked sink

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Sinks and basins can easily get blocked or clogged, in this vide we have a basin that takes approximately 20 minutes to drain because the waste from the basin is so badly clogged. Several methods are attempted to clear the blockage but only one real method really works. Firstly the Rothenberger Ropump is used, but this is incredibly difficult to use as you need three hands to be able to use it on this basin as the tap is directly over the plug hole. Then boiling hot water is used, which did nothing. A chemical drain un-blocker called Instant power, heavy duty drain opener. This did work and helped the water drain but it did not open the drain fully. Lastly power plumber was used and this easily unblocked the drain with one application.

Oh no... I'm lost on YouTube again... How did I get here and why am I watching this? :|
2:30 "And as you can see immediately the water is not backing up as it has been doing..." I don't know but that moment is hilarious to me
jason d
nearly died at 2.45
When plunging a sink that has an overflow hole, I use a wet terry cloth washrag to cover the hole and press it on while applying a suction stroke with the plunger. Quite often it is the suction stroke with the plunger that will clear out the drain; all kinds of nasty black stuff will come up out of it before the drain begins to run.
Nigel Fernandes
Getting under the sink and unscrewing the pipes/hoses and cleaning them out manually is way easier, cheaper, safer, faster and twice more effective than all these methods shown here . AS long as you can screw them back on properly (which is easy in most modern homes)
Pull the trap and snake into the wall if it's blocked that far in ... done . Do 50 a week .Thank you but your video is for ladies and golfers :-)
Breaking Toast
stick of dynamite ?
Neil George
Hi, I have used a power pressure pump similar to the one at the end of your film and it blew the trap off at the back of the basin, I must admit that it did work but I needed someone to hold the waste (push fit pipe) at the rear. Also living with two women in the house and with them both shaving their legs and hair extensions draining down the BATH plughole I tried boiling water then a tube of hair remover (Immac) left it overnight and that did the trick. Something to try if you have a few women in the family. N.
Men in Sheds Aylesbury
Tell the owner NO TEA BAGS down the drain, well that's what happened at the Hospital. BTW, you stick 2" white tape over the overflow hole. Simples
sir john
jacqueline jones
Cut the bottom off a plastic bottle and use as a funnel when pouring in hot water. Saves possible cracking of sink. elsie
Ken Abell
Use caustic soda, add boiling water and stand back. Job done.
John Kyon
you can rent a snake for aboot twenny quid to send down the sinkhole and unclog it.
Monaco Super
If my sink is blocked and nothing is working, I would normally just dismantle the pipes at the back if the sink and clear up the blockage that way. It's messy but you don't have to use expensive products or chemicals and it gets the job done.
ron martin Mhg
15 Quid. Bugger that I will continue to use the old fashioned toilet plunger. It works every time. Maybe because it sucks as well as blows!
Drain cleaners NEVER work in my experience and no plumber comes with some 'high tech drain cleaning solution'. Baking soda and vinegar/boiling hot water MAY work, but meh. Better yet, use plunger/pressure tools (like he did here) or learn to use an auger at least for your sinks (tubs can be more difficult). They are pretty cheap (manual ones) and while they take some practice to learn how to use initially, end of day once you learn how to do it clogs are fixed in no time and you're not messing around with chemicals, unscrewing u-pipes, and wasting your time. Clogs are going to happen all the time... just nature of the beast, especially if you live with a woman who has long hair or puts that clown makeup on 24/7.
Thomas Brennan
Couldn't get anything moving until I read some of the comments below. Plugged the longish horizontal overflow with two strands of duct tape and emptied the gunk in the sink. Then used a regular plunger and the black mess all came back up into the sink, but then it drained again back to normal. Will probably take to flushing with boiling hot water on a regular basis now. Thanks for the help, but I'm glad that I was able to avoid the chemicals in the end.
Use plumbing acid (sulfuric acid)
HomeMade DIY HowTo Electronic
Hi ultimate handyman i have a problem with my pipeline....its vertical going down from the first floor of the house down to the ground floor...the problem is its blocked some where in between i don't know where...and its flooding the house when it blocked. The pipe is made of metal...and i try to use snake to clear it but not working...i tried chemical also not working...the problem is the pipe is not directly vertical because it connected to one bathroom..and the toilet..so before joining up there is a horizontal joint. that problem cause this problem why i cannot clear the blockage.. Do you have any decent advise how to fix it...i need it as my house is flooding from the first floor.
DazedShow Show
Can you put duct tape over the hole? Dry area first to tape.
I used hot boiling water once and the sink cracked.
Marc Broadley
Cheers dude
Zed Man
I like to find a root of the blockage with problem basins/sinks. normally it's pipe flow angle too high or too little. Sometimes its the wrong type of trap. Rather than use too many chemicals or use high pressure jet type devices which can possibly blow seals, I like getting down and dirty and cleaning the trap out. 😃
Edge Snob
I think Ill try my shop compressor and wet rag next time.
Huck Fin
I have an idea, for the pump plunger put your own over flow hole attachment on the tube with a string to reach hole a piece of rubber to fit, then your good. By Huck R.
To get one of those overfills blocked you can buy one of those wine corks that twist and expand in the mouth of the bottle. There are some that are even rated for pressure liquids so perfect for this. Or you can make one yourself: here's how. A length of rubber tube (thick walls are the best), a screw, two washers, and a fly nut. Put all that together like this, screw, washer, rubber tube, washer, nut and voila you have a plug. Then you can operate any modern sink that has a round overfill. Tho if you have really pliable rubber you could make one for oval ones as well.
Mike Hartwig
Duct Tape the overflow
you can also use a hose with high pressure that would work it's what i did to unblock my drain outside
Caustic Soda and a boiling kettle... thats all thats needed. £2 from Wilkos... dont need all these expensive waste of money products
Master Crook
using 2 different drain cleaners within a few days not very smart good way to melt the pipe
Big rubber bung with a hole drilled through to fit your aircompressor blow gun, much cheaper than that power plumber stuff. It's also a great way to clear the water out of traps before maintainence, no more smelly trap water running down your arm! 
Jake Miller
Most likely could have cleared that in 10 mins using wet vac or plunger
This is an excellent step-by step video with increasing options to clear a sink.
Dan Coulson
Best solution - Pure lye. Put about half a cup down the hole, leave for five minutes, and then flush through with water. It's hard to get hold of in the UK, because of the EU dictatorship overly strict regulations about selling it in shops. But you can still get it online.
анатолий Яковлев
не по нашему стрекочет..моя(ли?)всегда в раковину блюёт,а потом сыну грит-ТАМ ПРОБЛЕМЫ
Does this work for kitchen sink too?
David Harrison
Hi. I was washing some Aquarium substrate (Moss & Coconut fibre) in my bath when the plug came out by accident, some went down the plug, now when I fill either of the double sinks I have in the kitchen the water drains very slowly & /or comes up into the bath ( I live in an appartment), as I was replacing the bath & basin anyway I removed them but for now I've had to put a 'blank' on the ends of the 'open' pipes to the bath & basin as water from the sink flows out of the basin/ bath pipe. you advise please?
jason grier
Cathy Faruque
Thank you - I didn't use the chemical stuff but I used hot water, then 1/2 cup baking soda, then 1 cup vinegar, then 1 cup hot water - sit for couple hours then flush with hot water - still didn't work. Did the same process a 2nd time, noticed a lot of gunk come up from sink, but still sluggish. Then did 3rd time, went out of house came back 4 hours later - hot water down sink and slow drain still. I bought a small sink plunger for under $3 at Menards. I filled the sink with water, plugged the overflow hole like you did in the video and then a couple quick shots of the plunger. BAM! Water went down perfectly! Thanks - saved me an expensive plumber call!
Who even has the time to spend 24 hours or longer on a single blocked sink, just use a snake or remove the U bend or both, once you've tried a chemical drain cleaner once, go straight for the physical unblocking using snakes etc...
Dennis De Jong
Thats not unplugged, you just made a small hole through the toothpaste and hair, take the ptrap off and snake it for real results. Also idk what type off pipe you have in Europe i think pvc, but here in canada the draino eats the glue on the abs pipes
Sulfuric Acid (battery acid) unblocks any drain issue apart from tree root ingress. Must be well ventilated and personal safety to be considered Priority!
Debra Trawick
Use a zip-it
Elibrius Project
It’s 3:20 am why am I watching this
Just Crank up your water heater so the hot water already comes out boiling, problem solved.
wonder fuller
A coat hanger worked for me just great cost 50 cents
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can someone help me? my kitchen sink never drained and its leaking down all over around the place for 1 week now.... my sink just start to release a black foulr smelling water because i plunged it in extreme way
The YouTube recommending system, everybody...
Andrew J
SO WAIT!!!! XD you used highly corrosive draino which eats away most pipes (glaze off tile, eats away at cast iron, not to mention the silver ring of the sink... and IT STILL DIDN'T SOLVE IT?! oh my gosh! ... worth it though X'D lol
tony ali
Hi Mr. Handyman, can you do for a kitchen sink... As it's much tougher do to the gunk that goes thru 5he kitchen sink. I have everything, nothing works... Even undone all the tubes under the sink. The blockage is probably by the end 🔚 where the pipe exits from my flat.
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Andy Barton
Wtf am I watching
Randy Hinds
Just another dose or two of acid would have done it
B Simpson
If it's a blocked bathroom sink, bath or shower trap it's usualy blocked with hair. Use Buster Bathroom Unblocker, poor the whole bottle down and leave it over night, job done
I just use a toilet plunger. Simple as that
Sulphuric acid.
An ordinary plunger should be able to do most of this - and use and ordinary kitchen sponge, squashed up, in the overflow - if you need it blocked, but don't have any hands available. I actually have a tiny suction cup, left over from some gadget, to cover the hole with.
lee mclaughlin
our kids decided to put bog roll down the sink and was blocked - i got a 2 litre empty pop bottle filled it with water -blocked overflow and tipped the bottle directing spout down the plug hole and squeezed the pop bottle hard-acted like a pressure jet -worth a bash
Noa Mendelsohn Aviv
Amazing, thank you!!! I didn't know I could do this but your explanation was so helpful!
Tom OConnor
There's nothing more annoying than a blocked drain that wants to stay that way.Gunk will always adhere to the side walls over time .Some remedies use a nozzle attached to a power washer to clean the pipes.Never tried it myself.Maybe regular chemical treatment might be the solution for difficult problems.A good stomach is essential for that job.Good Lord save us from blocked drains !!!
Uh oh, it seems I’ve found myself in “that place” again.
Devon Walter
One way I do it is go under the sink, undo the pee trap, use forceps and take any of the clog out of the sink and put it into a bucket. It’s probably dirt or hair down there that’s causing it to drain really slowly.
I just did this and it solved the problem
Vladimir Putin
I got one hydrofluoric acid 😂😂😂
La Mon1
Is there a way of testing a waste pipe for leaks other than running water through it? I have an under warranty house built by Barratts and my tenant blocked a basin waste a bit. That caused the leak on the ceiling below and they are blaming the leaking waste pipe on the blockage in the bottle, it apparently created pressure that caused the pipes to expand!. I can't imagine that being possible unless the pipes have not been sealed properly somewhere. They have refused to check the problem and I am worried that there's a shoddy pipe work on all the pipes that I will not discover till it's too late. :(
Tim Lewis
the pressurized air product can do damage to plastic piping, causing glued joint seals to fail. if you have plastic pipes, better stay away from that option
Farrdawg Joker
Could have just taken the trap loose and dumped it out and you would have saved money.
John R. Timmers
Or you could, I dunno, remove the U bend and clear it....or buy a drain snake if it's further down
theirs holes on the side of my sink how would you block them holes as well as the overflow also will not unblock a frozen pipe like i found out
David Farmer
Didnt wk for me but I didnt cover the plastic thing with water. Perhaps try again.... Useful to know. Some times the instructions aren't very good on these things.
Kent Kollath
wait cant you just get a bucket an take the trap apart?
Suction cap worked, with over-flow hole blocked. Thanks
Iron Dragon
I got from watching Mr. Weebles stuff... to... this
Excellent video Chez! Blocked drains - ain't they a nuisance? I'm only an amateur when it comes to such things but if I might add a couple of tips to anyone else reading this? Firstly I would just say make sure all your accessible plumbing connections are nice and tight. I used a power plumber once and it was brilliant but the first time I used it, it blew the u-bend clean apart ... LOL. Secondly, if you've got a nice ceramic sink, please be careful when pouring very hot water from a kettle into it. Try to keep it down the plug hole and not on to the sink itself. I did this once and the sink cracked right across it. Hope you don't mind me mentioning these things Chez - just thought it might save someone else having similar disasters? Thanks mate!
Logan Moreno
My sink isn’t even clogged and I’m watching this. Damn!!
rich Williams
Old style carpet washers like the vax or Henry type washer are good Iv used it to suck the blockage out
Robert RMB
Chemicals are a waste of money, as a plumber stay away from them its just money down the drain.
Matt P
Its really not hard to undo a single pipe and shove a stick in there and knock all the debris out.
john hanrahan
One method I have used a few times is to 1) block overflow with wet washcloth or rolled up piece of sponge, 2) use wet/dry shop vac to suck up blockage. often the blockage is a direction specific wedged dam. Pulling instead of pushing can be unbelievably effective.
Just use Mr muscle. It actually does work...
Why didnt you just undo the trap? The blockage was obviously very close
Andy Tracey
went to a job were the customer used compressed air to clear his drain. it didnt clear the blockage, but it did put a hole in his drain. so he ended up paying for a snake and his pipes replaced
Pasi Savolainen
Based on the fact that even opened the sink doesn't drain all that fast, I guess that the real problem is a bit further down the road. We had the same issue and it became a bit better after using airgun, but started backing up again in a week. Real problem was that there was a pile of s**t in the inspection well, it completely covered the pipe coming from the house. Eventually it plugged so tightly that the waste water rose from the basement drain. That pile dissolved using garden hose in a couple of minutes.
Edward McKinnon
I've usually found the best results using caustic soda. I've had to clear the showers at home (wife and 3 girls with long hair) so often - I've bought the solid (small pellets) NaOH and make my own. Use 200g of the sodium hydroxide in a litre of water = 20% caustic soda that'll shift almost anything. I've bought 5kg of the NaOH online - should last me for years! Btw - gloves, goggles and mask for this!
Handy stuff that Chez but as you say its expensive , i keep a small compressor in the back of the van for testing new heating system piping prior to filling and i have made up a couple of adaptors for 1 1/2 and 1 1/4 waste pipes , just remove the trap and connect your adapter to the pipe and connect up your air line to it , fill the compressor tank until it cuts out and then open up the adapter vale full to give a good blast down the pipe , it clears the blockage every time.... : )) Cheers mate 
Chris Gonzales
The plumbing in the city where I work often at least 50 years old. I've seen stuff on the inside of pipes that is like leather and you can hardly peel it off with a screwdriver. Plus the undersink traps are usually being HELD together by that gunk.  I'm at the point where if the clog seems downstream quite a ways, my first step is to go the the cleanout in the basement and snake up.  Least likely to damage existing plumbing.  Not my favorite job!
james In Bradford
My over flow is blocked, what can I use for that?
Randy Gebolys
I love your ideas, love your business logo in the beginning
Glenn Pierce
Recently had the same issue. In the end I used Soda crystals and boiling water. I was doubtful it would work but it worked really quickly. I was really impressed. Probably a great deal cheaper than the alternatives as well.
Harry B'
Wouldnt it rupture the water pipe where the water goes?
Kevin Keaney
Clean the trap !!!!!
jared brewer
what about a hand snake?
Maverick Wagner
Most of the time with sink drains, hair get wrapped around the lever that lowers the plug. Anything else requires the ptrap removed and a drain snake. Drain cleaners will only temporary clear the drain.
Nick P
I use packing tape to cover the overflow and it seems to work well if you layer it.
Kluster Yogo
Last time I had a blocked shower, we tried almost everything which didn't resolve the problem. We then decided it was time for a plumber. He recommended we bring the pressure washer in and shove it down there. Surprisingly it actually worked, I'll have to try that power plumber next time though, seems like less hassle ;D
Joseph Ingui
Snake it.
elvisstopper 420
I use a shop vac.works great and no money down the drain.
One more tip to add to the video .Make sure that under the sink that there is no air gap or vent as some peps call it before doing this.But other than that great video and I always enjoy watching them.
Krisztián Szirtes
How to save a lot of time and money: 1) Go under the sink 2) Unscrew syphone cap 3) Take the dirt out by hand and flush it down the toilet Since the first drain cleaner worked somewhat and the tubes didn't fill up very long, the problem was probably there. And you can do it without any chemicals, any pressurized air or anything.