Slow-draining sinks are common plumbing problems at home. Sinks are exposed to a lot of waste materials: soap scum, hair, grease, oily substances and food wastes among many others. Unfortunately, there’s just no escape from the inconvenience brought by this plumbing issue. What’s important is for the affected sink to be attended to right away in order to prevent the problem from getting worse. Here’s what should be done to make the drain work smoothly again.
1. When dealing with bathroom sinks, make sure that their pop-up stoppers are not blocked by mineral deposits or sediments. Remove the stopper by detaching the nut that keeps it in place. This component is situated under the very sink. Once you have loosened and removed the nut, pull the pop-up stopper out. Thoroughly clean it before putting it back in place.
2. Bathroom sinks have overflows which are designed to allow air into the drain pipe. The air inside the tube makes sewage or gray water drain faster. With that being said, when debris or sediments have collected inside the overflow, the sink drains slowly. Clean the overflow tube and make sure that all sediments are removed from there.
3. Regular cleaning of your sink pipes will help prevent slow drains and clogs. We have always emphasized the disadvantages of using chemical drain cleaners so make sure that you won’t use them in your sink drains. Instead, try these natural remedies:
a. baking soda and lemon juice
b. baking soda and vinegar
c. borax, salt and vinegar
d. Alka Seltzer tablets and vinegar
e. enzymatic drain cleaners
4. If these natural cleaners mentioned above fail to get rid of the problem, rely on your plunger. Simply fill the bathroom sink with water so that the plunger’s rubber part is soaked. Position the plunger right on top of the drain and plunge up and down. Maintain a consistent pace and plunge for about 15 repetitions. Turn the tap on afterwards to test if that solved the problem.
5. If the buildup of sediments or a clog in the sink’s drain pipe is too stubborn, a plumbing snake may be the best solution for the problem. If you don’t have one, there are supply shops where you can rent one. Simply insert the end of the snake into the sink drain. Turn the crank clockwise to push it further into the pipe and start cleaning.
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