Troubleshooting Your Slow Draining Sink
A clogged kitchen or bathroom sink can ruin a perfectly good evening. With the holiday season here, you don’t want this problem to arise while you’re hosting a holiday gathering. Instead of staring at a sink full of dirty water, follow these steps to help fix your slow draining sink.
Get the right tools to start
With two fairly inexpensive tools, a plunger and a snake, you can fix a slow draining sink in no time. You can buy these tools at any hardware store or home center. Make sure the plunger has a handle so you can apply plenty of force. The length of the snake can vary, but we suggest a longer type, just in case. Be prepared with a bucket, rubber gloves, and a flashlight as well.
Clear the blockage with a plunger
First, clamp the drain hose if you have a dishwasher. Fill the sink with three to four inches of water to ensure that the plunger seals around the drain – then, drain away. Use force, but make sure you are pushing water into the drain, not air. Keep towels handy to soak up spills.
Clean the P-trap
If a clogged P-trap is the reason your sink is draining slowly, it’s probably because of grease or coffee grounds that got stuck. Sponge water from the sink to reduce the flow when you pull off the trap. Keep a bucket underneath – dirty water will flow out. Clean the pipe, reinstall it and test the line with warm water.
Snake the line
Feed the snake into the drain pipe until you feel an obvious obstruction. When you get through the clog, pull out the cable and clean as you pull. Repeat the process until you no longer feel blockage, then run warm water down the line.
After you open the drain, pour ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of white vinegar into the drain and let it sit for a few minutes. Run a gallon of warm water after to flush out the mixture. This combination will break down anything left in the drain while leaving your sink smelling fresh.
Caution: Do not plunge or snake if you’ve poured drain cleaners in the sink. The chemicals can cause burns if they splash on your skin
In the case that you want a professional to help you with this plumbing problem, call the expert technicians at Jupiter-Tequesta. We are here to help with all of your home plumbing, cooling, and electric needs.
Tequesta: (561) 747-5740 Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822 Martin: (772) 546-2822 St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822
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