Clogged Sinks, Tubs, & Toilets


Never use any chemicals to unclog a sink tub or toilet.  Most of the buildings have older plumbing that chemicals will damage.

If your toilet is clogged try to use a plunger to unclog it.  If you are unsuccessful submit a maintenance request.

If your sink or tub is clogged try to remove hair or other objects from the drain.  If you are unsuccessful submit a maintenance request.

If water is overflowing out of your sink, toilet, or tub call the emergency maintenance number immediately.

Tips to Prevent Clogged Sinks, Tubs and Toilets

  1. Always make sure there is a drain strainer in your kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and tub to prevent larger items from getting in the drain.
  2. Never pour cooking fats or oils down a drain.
  3. No food waste should go in the drains. Do not put large, stringy, or fibrous items down the drain.  For example: bones, corn on the cob peelings, and cereal.
  4. Do not dump dry noodles, rice, or couscous down the drain because they will expand when they get wet and clog the drain.
  5. Brush your hair before you shower so that the hair gets in the brush and not down the drain.
  6. Only flush toilet paper in toilets. Q-tips, paper towels, feminine products and all other trash should go in the trash can (even if they say they are "flushable" they should still go in the trash can).
  7. Do not put "flushable" cat litter in the toilet. It should go in the trash.
  8. Clean drains regularly. Dish soap mixed with boiling water, baking soda by itself, as well as baking soda mixed with vinegar all work well. Organic bacteria-based enzyme cleaners also work well. Lemon juice, vinegar and bleach can help eliminate drain odors. We ask you to not use chemical-based cleaners like Drano as they can harm pipes. 
  9. If you notice a sink, tub, or toilet draining slower than normal, report it before it gets worse.