A slow draining or clogged sink is a common – albeit frustrating and time-consuming – household problem. It can be doubly frustrating if you are trying to fix the problem yourself and getting nowhere. At what point do you give up on a DIY plumbing job and call a Toronto professional?
Knowledge is Power
Knowing the reasons a sink usually becomes clogged can be helpful in your decision-making process. In the bathroom sink, soap, toothpaste, and other products build up inside the pipe, slowly narrowing the passage until only a trickle of water can escape. In the kitchen, food particles and solidified oils create a similar scenario. If this is the problem with your sink, the fix is relatively easy and you may be able to solve the problem yourself.
Problems Have Solutions
For bathroom sink drainage problems, first remove the sink stopper entirely and clean it. Sometimes this will be enough to fix the problem, but if it persists, you can attempt to break up the clog using a plunger. Duct tape the overflow hole first to ensure you get enough suction for an effective attempt. For kitchen sink clogs, simply cover one drain firmly and use the plunger on the other to attempt to clear the pipes. If there is only a minor soap build up, these steps should be sufficient to restore proper sink drainage.
The Wisdom to Know the Difference
If you see no improvement (or very little) after trying the above steps, you probably have a more serious problem. An object could be lodged somewhere in the pipe. The build up or clog could be further down the pipe than our efforts can reach. In older houses, the age of the pipes can also be a problem. If you cannot easily unclog your sink in a few simple attempts, you should call a local professional plumber and save yourself any further frustrations.
A Word of Caution
For any sink draining problem, you may be tempted to use a chemical drain cleaner. However you should be aware that many plumbers advise against this step. If used improperly, these cleaners can destroy porcelain fixtures, corrode pipes, or even cause serious injury. If you decide to use a drain cleaner, be sure to follow the instructions very carefully. If the attempt does not work on the first try, it is definitely time to follow up with a professional Toronto plumber rather than try further work on your own.
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