Does the water in your bathtub drain very slowly? When you finish washing your hands, does the sink fill up before slowly draining out? Any number of potential issues, such as a partial obstruction anywhere in the system, could be present.
At Advanced Plumbing, we recognize how critical it is to maintain a swift flow of water throughout the house. We’ve compiled a list of some typical reasons why drains take a long time to empty as well as some simple DIY fixes you can try in order to save you money on a costly call to the plumber.
The U-Bend Has Hair Clogged Up
Long hair will clog the drain as other hair gets caught on it as it travels down the drain and catches on the pipe walls. This can accumulate over time and either totally clog the drain or cause it to drain extremely slowly. Fortunately, a little upkeep helps prevent this from occurring in the first place.
The drain strainer should be unscrewed and placed aside in order to clear a growing hair clog. The hairball may be visible just inside the pipe. Pulling it out requires a lengthy pair of needle nose pliers. Get a plastic drain snake or hair hook and send it down the pipe to attempt and snag the hair ball to pull it out if you are dealing with a deeper clog. If you are successful, the water will probably start to drain more quickly right away.
Regular Clogged Sink or Toilet
The plunger method is another option if your clog remains recalcitrant. Buy a toilet plunger or sink plunger. In order to maintain pressure when plunging the sink, you must plug the overflow hole. Pour some water into the toilet or sink. Over the drain, position the plunger, and quickly depress it several times. Check to see if the water has drained before taking out the plunger. To clear the partial or complete clog, try this several times.
Be mindful that if the clog is too bad, you can end up damaging the pipes. Simply attempt plunging a few times, and if you are unsuccessful, call a professional to unclog your drain.