4 Tips to Fix a Slow Draining Sink

It’s a problem you’ve noticed over time getting worse. But it may not be until a guest comes over or another circumstance that you finally decide to address your slow draining sink.

Don’t wait until the last minute when it comes to having a slow draining sink — here are four tips you can do on your own to help solve the problem.

What Causes a Slow Drain?

A clog is the most common cause of a slow drain. These clogs can form in your bathroom or kitchen sink from a variety of items.

Causes of Clogged Drains

  • Soap scum
  • Hair
  • Dirt
  • Sand
  • Non-flushable wipes
  • Excessive toilet paper
  • Feminine products
  • Grease
  • Food remnants, such as eggshells, coffee grounds, and celery
  • Tree roots

Broken or corroded pipes and P-trap problems can also lead to a slow drain.

1. Removing the Pop-Up

This is a great place to start when it comes to troubleshooting a slow draining sink. If your sink has a pop-up, carefully take it out and remove debris that has built up around the tool. This will also allow you to see if there are any significant blockages in the drain that you can pull out on your own to help clear up the issue.

2. Use a Zip-It Tool

Like a snake for a large drain, a zip-it tool helps clear out any debris or hair from a sink drain. A tool like this can be used with a drain that pops out or not as it’s thinner than most snake-like tools.

3. Use a Drain Cleaner

Whether making an at-home cleaner or buying a solution at the store, this is a common fix many turn to when it comes to a slow draining sink. There are several options available for purchase at local supermarkets, but for those who prefer to create their own solution, one of the most common is the following.

How to Unclog a Drain Naturally

  • Pour boiling water down the drain
  • Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain
  • Pour ½ cup of vinegar down the drain
  • Wait 10 minutes
  • Pour boiling water down the drain again
  • Turn on the hot water faucet to clear out the solution

4. Use a Plunger

As a worst-case scenario option, a plunger may be a good option for those who are still struggling to get debris out of their drain. This could be especially useful if there is a large item that you suspect may be significantly stuck down the drain.

Bonus Tip - Contact Bailey Plumbing Heating Cooling

If your draining pipe is continuing to give you trouble and you don’t know what other options are available, contact the team at Bailey Plumbing Heating Cooling. Our plumbing pros will come to your home with a smile and the tools needed to get the job done. With booking available online, no matter the day or time of your service needs, you have the option to get ahold of us. Start online today or call us at (800) 717-1793.