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How to Clear Sink Drains with a Plunger

Remove the Sink Stopper
Remove Sink Stopper - Clearing Sink Drains with Plunger

Take the stopper out of the sink. Some older stoppers have a pivot rod that has to be removed. Under the sink, you'll see a locking nut where the rod enters the drain pipe. Remove the nut, and pull the rod out. Have a rag close at hand when removing the locking nut a small amount of debris may spill out.

Use the Plunger
Use Plunger - Clearing Sink Drains with Plunger

Stuff a wet rag in the sink overflow opening and replace the nut and rod without the stopper. This prevents air from escaping as you work with the plunger. Place the plunger cup over the drain opening, and run enough water to cover the rubber cup. Move the plunger up and down rapidly to clear the clog.