Slow Running Bathroom Sink Drains

The dreaded slow running drain!  UGH!

A slow, sluggish sink drain is a very common plumbing problem. And the bathroom sink is the one most frequently afflicted with this particular problem because of it’s heavy daily use.

There are several things that can contribute to a slow sink drain. The first, most common issue, and easily  fixed,  the pop-up that is used to stop up the sink. It can collect a lot of hair and debris as the sink is used on a daily basis. Check that first.

Second – soap and other products that are washed down the drain can slowly collect in the drain pipes. The build-up that naturally collects over time reduces the size of the drain, effectively slowing the progress of draining water. This issues with drains happen naturally over time and can not usually be avoided. The only solution is to  periodically clean the drain to keep it flowing.

A great do-it-yourself  method  is  with  baking  soda, vinegar  and  BOILING  WATER. Take  about  ¼ cup of baking soda, 1 cup of white vinegar, and 1 large pot of water to boil. Have a rag or sink stopper handy. Pour the baking soda into the drain. Make sure that most of the baking soda falls directly into the drain rather than around it in the sink. Pour in the cup of vinegar. You may hear a fizzing noise or see bubbles come up due to the chemical reaction. This is completely normal and should mean that the chemicals are eating away at the blockage in your sink. Plug the drain with a rag or sink stopper. Doing so will stop the bubbles from rising up and will keep the chemical reaction concentrated on the clog.

Wait fifteen minutes. Allow the baking soda and vinegar reaction to fully work their magic here! While waiting, you should heat up the pot of water to boiling point.

Pour in the pot of boiling water. This step will push down the baking soda, vinegar, and blockage. Watch as you pour in the water to see if the sink is draining any faster. If it is, but still not at its normal speed, there may still be a bit of a blockage. Try repeating the process once more if this is the case.
If this does not work – you might have a blockage in the pipes, in the wall.
If you hear any kind of a “blub blub” or “glug glug”  or  gurgling noise coming from behind the sink or possibly in wall, it might be  from the main drain and might mean that there is a problem with the drain system itself, such as a partial drain blockage or it could even be  a drain venting problem.  We might have to get onto the roof  to investigate the vent. Or it might be  possible for us  to clear the blockage, using  one of several different tools, to snake down inside the drain and get to the root of the problem.

 

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