Sink Won’t Drain?
I'm sure we all come up against a clogged drain at some point. Once a drain starts to slow its only a matter of time before enough build up occurs before you have completely stopped up drain. So what do you need to do to remedy this situation? We are going give you a few ideas to try. If these tips won't work then you know doubt have a bigger problem that is going to require getting a pro out to diagnose what the underlying problem.
P-trap's and Pop-Up assembly's
The P-trap is the U shaped pipe directly under the sink. The pop up assembly is the piece the device in the sink drain that allows you to temporarily plug the sink. And more often than these two part of your sink plumbing are the point where flow is being restricted. Often plumbing service visits are a matter of taking apart the pop-up assembly to remove hair and whatever else is trapped there and removing the P-trap to clean out hair, gunk and possibly some treasures (like ear rings) that have come to rest in the P-trap . If you have the tools and feel up to the task then you can without to much trouble remove, clean and reassemble the Pop-up and P-trap. If you have gone through and clean these to items and still have slow drainage, then you may have a bigger problem that needs to be inspected by a expert.
Clogged? No Drain Cleaners Please!
If you notice water drain in your bathroom sink, vanity or pedestal sink is draining more slowly than before you decide to pour chemicals down it give us a call. Chemical drain cleaners you find on store shelves are classified as: acids like sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid; oxidizers like sodium hypochlorite; and caustics, including caustic soda, lye or sodium hydroxide. And you may not realize it but you are damaging your plumbing, with a liquid drain cleaner containing a caustic ingredients burn and corrode pipes and fittings. It’s better to call a professional plumber to help with the clogged drain than to use chemicals. And please let your plumber know if you have used chemicals before the start to avoid chemical burns and injuries.
These chemicals can often create unhealthy gases are even considered a contributing factor in the recent death of a Kansas women from mixture with other cleaning chemicals. Liquid drain cleaners can harden debris in the pipe and make it more difficult to snake. Homes have pipes made of several different substances. Galvanized steel, copper, brass, and PVC plastic are the most common. Liquid drain cleaners that contain caustic, acid or oxidizing ingredients may corrode or burn through some of these pipes. They also can exacerbate problems with pipes that already are corroded.
The problem usually occurs when homeowners use excessive amounts of the cleaner, or use them frequently and on a regular basis. It is best just to clean the debris out of the drain line with a cable rather than liquid drain cleaners; avoiding these types of drain openers will save you money in the long run and help you enjoy years of good drainage.
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