What causes a slow draining sink
Sinks are a daily part of our lives, but if you’ve ever dealt with a slow draining sink, it can be frustrating and time-consuming. There are many reasons why your bathroom (or kitchen) sink might have trouble emptying all the water in one flush: clogs due to hair or soap buildup; grease build up on plugholes that needs frequent removal using baking soda and vinegar; rusting pipes that need to be replaced altogether. A sluggish drain is often related to improper pipe sizes as well, so double-check any plumbing work you may have done recently for potential issues like this!
Blocked sinks are a common plumbing problem that generally occurs when things other than liquids go down the drain. In kitchens, food scraps are one of the most likely causes of sink blockages as they cannot flow through with water and tend to accumulate over time. Grease can also be problematic because it liquefies at high temperatures but becomes solidified in cold environments like your kitchen sink – if grease gets into any pipes, you may end up blocked!
What to Do with Slow Draining Sink
If your sink takes a long time to drain, don’t fret; it’s not an expensive or difficult problem. It might be the result of soap scum and other gunk on the walls of your pipes accumulating over time due to daily use.
Soap scum can build up easily in drains because they are made from materials that attract oils, which cause them to stick together instead of flowing smoothly down into the pipe. Here are a few tips on clearing that drain yourself.
Clean the Stopper
Sink stoppers can get clogged with hair, soap and other debris. If it gets too big, you will have a slow sink drain; however, most modern sinks allow for the removal of these devices without any issue. Some older models have some form of tether holding them in place which means they cannot be removed as easily when needed. Check the drain stopper and clean it with hot tap water and place it back properly.
Melt the Sludge
Cleaning out your sink’s drainpipe is an easy and inexpensive way to get rid of that slime coating the opening so water can flow more freely through it. Here are some simple steps you can take using only common household pantry items:
- Pour one-half cup baking soda into the drain followed by one-half cup of vinegar; the fizzy mixture will help loosen the grime and oil buildup.
- Block the drain with a drain stopper of a rag to prevent it from overflowing onto the sink.
- Wait 15- 30 minutes.
- Now hot water through it to flush them out. Make sure to avoid pouring boiling water down your drain if you have PVC pipes, as you might warp them and cause leaks.
Also, be aware that some commercial drain cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that are strong enough to soften plastic and could cause harm to your plastic pipe.
Take out Debris
You may have to remove the clog from your drain with a small hair-clogging tool (called either “a drainage cleaning device” or just “cleaning tools”), which features long, flexible plastic stems and barbs at one end for grabbing onto any debris. With the stopper removed, insert it down inside of your sink’s drain; wiggle it around until you hook on some trash, then lift up and repeat this process until nothing else comes out!
Use a Plunger
The sink plunger is a handy tool to have around for those times when you think the clog might be farther down in your drain than even a regular drain-cleaning device can reach. When using this nifty little gadget, some things work better than others!
If possible, place it over the top of an opening under running water before plunging and then pull outwards firmly until bubbles rise from below, indicating air has been displaced by turbulent action. Be sure not to use too much pressure to avoid breaking pipes or damaging anything inside your home’s plumbing system. Make sure you’re firm enough with each plunge for maximum effect on what could be causing all that buildup at the bottom of your drains! If you hear gurgling noise, you have a blockage, and you are doing it right. Keep plunging until the gurgling stops, or you’re too tired to go on.
Pick up your drain snake and get ready to clean out those slow drains! Simply insert the spiral end of this metal cable into any clogged pipe. Feed it down until you start to feel resistance, then push ahead with a slow, steady motion while pulling back for leverage. This will cause an unpleasant noise as debris is scraped off against the sides of your plumbing system but don’t worry- that’s normal if there are food particles or other items stuck blocking water flow. Pull out the gunk, flush with hot water, and repeat the process until the water goes through smoothly.
Check the Trap
P-traps are the unsung heroes of plumbing. They’re there to stop sewer gas from invading your home, but they also collect all sorts of foreign objects that get stuck in between pipes! Check under the sink, and you will find a u-shaped curved pipe. There is either a cap at the bottom of the P-trap that you can unscrew to clear the contents. If there is no cap, remove the whole P-trap and empty it out. Make sure to put the P-trap securely and tightly to avoid it from leaking.
Keep Things Flowing with A Little Preventative Maintenance
Cleaning the Stopper and the baking soda method can be done as preventive maintenance to avoid drain problems. Do these every week to maintain those drains. Checking the P-trap from time to time is also a good practice to avoid future clogs.
Call a Plumber
Now, if you don’t have the time to clear the slow drains, you can always call a professional plumber. A licensed plumber can take care of your drainage issue faster and more efficient. So if you don’t have time, or you don’t want to get down and dirty, or you just don’t know what you are doing, call a plumbing expert. Their advanced plumbing techniques will save you more time, save you from stress, and ensure that any common plumbing issues are fixed without causing more issues that need more plumbing repair. Contact the plumbing experts Rowson’s Plumbing Services; they provide various services such as assessments for leaks and repairs and drain cleaning, which is vital in the prevention process. They also offer video inspections to help you identify any potential problems before they become larger issues down the line that can cost hundreds or thousands more than originally anticipated.