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
- 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.
- Never pour cooking fats or oils down a drain.
- 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.
- Do not dump dry noodles, rice, or couscous down the drain because they will expand when they get wet and clog the drain.
- Brush your hair before you shower so that the hair gets in the brush and not down the drain.
- 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).
- Do not put "flushable" cat litter in the toilet. It should go in the trash.
- 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.
- If you notice a sink, tub, or toilet draining slower than normal, report it before it gets worse.