Save money unclogging a bathroom sink drain
The Fat Dollar recommends: The Sink Wizard, or an equivalent product. The Sink Wizard is a tiny hard-bristled cone-shaped brush attached on the end of a long flexible thick wire cord.
Update 08-10-18: I am updating this to recommend a similar, but somewhat differently designed product. It looks like a giant plastic zip tie but works with the same principle of catching and bringing up the clog from the drain. The Sink Wizard seems to be discontinued, although a similar product is available on Amazon - CisiRun Auger Snake.
I had both a slow draining clogged bath tub drain and a slow-draining clogged bathroom sink drain. I had used a forceful plunger (several times) and also tried vinegar and baking soda to clear the drain. Neither worked in getting the bathroom sink and the bath tub to drain faster. The bathtub was a big challenge because I could not remove the drain stopper. I thought I was going to have to call a plumber. Then, when I was shopping at Menard's last night, I saw the Sink Wizard on sale for $3.00. My son had mentioned that he had seen a commercial for this on tv, so on impulse I bought it. The package came with two Sink Wizards, one for the bathroom sink and one for the bath tub. They looked interchangeble to me.
They worked and it was easy and quick. I opened the package and snaked the Sink Wizard down the bathroom sink drain and then twisted it, as the package showed. When I pulled it up, it had a big clump of gross black stuff. A couple more snaking down and twisting the Sink Wizard and the clogged bathroom sink drain was now draining normally.
The clogged bathtub drain was a little harder, for unexpected reasons. Snaking the Sink Wizard down and bringing it up pulled up huge, super gross, hairy, black, foul-smelling clogs. Eeeeewwwww!! It only took two or three easy passes (assuming you could hold your breath long enough) and the bathtub drain was draining with a clear whirlpool.
It took longer to rinse out the brushes and clean out the splattered sides of the bath tub and the bathroom sink than it did to clear the drains. Needless to say, I put both those Sink Wizard brushes in a spot where I can easily find them again. I'm a happy customer.
Fat Dollar Summary: A package of two Sink Wizards cost $3.00. (They were from Menard's and appeared to be on sale.) This not only was dramatically less expensive than calling a plumber or even using caustic drain cleaner, but it was simpler too. In less than the time it took to look up the plumber's phone number and arrange for an appointment, both drains were completely cleared. I'm amazed!
Editors Note: 08-10-18 The Sink Wizards sold today don't seem to be of the same quality as the ones I bought almost 10 years ago. (See the Amazon reviews for the Sink Wizard).
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