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Bathroom Sink Drains at a Snail's Pace? Here's What You Do

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If you live an active lifestyle, you probably don't have much time to spare during the day or night. But when things happen to your plumbing system, such as a slow-draining bathroom sink, it's essential that you take time out from your busy lifestyle to fix it. Your slow-draining sink can cause even bigger problems later on, including damaged plumbing pipes.

Here's why your bathroom sink drains at a snail's pace and what you can do to solve it.

Why Does Your Sink Drains Too Slowly?

Your sink is one of the busiest and most used places in your bathroom. Depending on what you use in your sink, it can build up with soap scum, toothpaste, and hair products. These things stick to the surfaces inside the drain and create a thick, slimy goo. The buildup eventually blocks the flow of water as it passes down the drain.

Insects, such as drain flies and gnats, can also inhabit your sink's drain. The pests not only feed off the organic matter inside the drain, they lay eggs in it as well. Although these pests don't bite humans, they can become nuisances if they breed in the home.

In addition, the organic matter inside your clogged drain can give off a foul scent. The odor smells similar to sulfur or rotten eggs. People with sensitive nasal passages may feel ill from the odor.

Finally, a slow-draining sink can create a large clog in the pipe connected to it. Clogs can allow water to back up into the sink, or blockages can break free and travel to other locations in the plumbing system. Some clogs can travel to the main vent stack pipe located in the center of your home. The vent stack pipe releases poisonous sewer odors out of the plumbing system, as well as prevents water from backing up into the plumbing system. A clog can interfere with both functions of the main vent stack pipe.

With a little time and patience, you can eliminate the clog in your bathroom sink drain.

How Can You Unclog Your Slow-Draining Sink?

You can try to clear out the drain with a simple solution of white vinegar and hot water. Pour 2 cups of household white vinegar into the drain and allow it to sit for about 20 to 30 minutes. The vinegar's acidic content should break up the goo and eliminate the odor inside the drain. Afterward, run hot water down the drain for about 3 to 5 minutes. If you're pressed for time, you can reduce the vinegar's time to 15 minutes.

You can also use a plunger to help clear out the gunk. The debris should move down the drain and into the plumbing pipe. Flush out the pipe with hot water to help push the clog out of the system. 

After you clean the drain and flush out the pipe, monitor what you allow down the drain. For example, try to keep hair and hair products out of the drain. You can place a trap inside the drain to catch these hazards. If possible, use hand and face soap that doesn't leave behind residue in the sink or water. It may help reduce the soap scum inside the drain.

If the tips above don't solve the issue, call a plumber for drain cleaning services. There may be a clog somewhere deep inside the bathroom's plumbing pipes, which requires a thorough drain cleaning to remove. The plumber may be able to find the clog with a camera. The camera may also pick up other issues with your plumbing system, such as broken pipes and leaking water. 

For more information about your slow-draining sink, contact a plumbing contractor like Backlund Plumbing.