bathroom sink completely clogged

Bathroom sink completely clogged? This is one of the most common plumbing issues homeowners experience. Thankfully, it is also one of the easiest to resolve! With the right tools and knowledge, you can quickly fix the issue. Let Van Fleet Services guide you through the process.

What is Causing the Draining Issue?

There are a number of things that could be backing up your bathroom sink. It is important to recognize what the cause may be in order to properly fix the problem. Some things that would lead to drainage issues include:

  • Hair: Whether its from shaving, washing your face or other hair related activities, letting an excess amount of hair down the drain can lead to clogging.
  • Toiletries and Other Debris: Things like dental floss and cotton swabs should never be washed down the drain as they can cause drainage problems.
  • Grease, Soap and Scum: Grease or oil, built up soap or other washes can slowly build up in your pipes, creating problems.
  • Damaged Pipes: If nothing seems to be blocking the drain, a damaged pipe may be the problem as it won’t allow proper drainage.

Some Methods to Unclog your Bathroom Sink

  • Boiling Water: The first thing you can try is to pour boiling water down the drain. The heat may be enough to melt away any built up residue.
  • Vinegar and Baking Soda: If the problem persists, try a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Pour ½ a cup of baking soda down into the drain, and fill to the top with vinegar. The chemical reaction should help eat away at any thick oils or grease that would be causing the issue. Let sit for at least 30 minutes, but overnight for the best results.
  • Plunger: If you’ve tried the other methods, try using a small plunger to dislodge the already loosened material.
  • Clean the P-Trap: After turning your water off, find the curved section of the drainage pipe under your sink. Take it apart and try to clean the insides of any blockage. Because of its shape, this portion of the pipe can easily become blocked.
  • Drain Snake or Other Tools: With the P- Trap still disassembled, you can easily get in there with a snake tool or something similar to dislodge any bigger items that cause drainage issues.

Bathroom Sink Completely Clogged? Trust Van Fleet Services

Sometimes, even after trying everything, you still might be left with a bathroom sink completely clogged. If your pipes are damaged, or you just can’t seem to resolve the issue on your own, trust a plumber to identify and fix the problem. Here at Van Fleet, we have trained, experienced professionals who can do exactly that. Don’t hesitate, contact us today or visit our website to learn how we can help with your drainage issues!