How often do you use your bathroom sink? The more you use it, the higher the possibility that it will get clogged in a shorter time. There are a number of reasons why bathroom sinks clog and the most common causes are human hair, dirt, and soap scum among others. Normally, homeowners would use chemical drain cleaners, drain snakes, or plungers to unclog the drain. However, did you know that there is an easy technique you can do to unclog your bathroom sink without using any of these materials? Read on.
The Things You Need
Have you misread it? No you did not! You can really clean your bathroom sink and restore its functionality without resorting to chemical drain cleaners, plungers, or drain snakes. It is important to point out though that this technique only works on simple clogging and will not address more severe causes of sink clogging and other plumbing issues.
What do you need to do to unclog your bathroom sink? The only things that you need to have handy would be a pair of slip-joint pliers and a stiff wire or a wire coat hanger. Preparing these two materials before you begin the unclogging process will allow you to save time and avoid frustrations.
It is not uncommon for bathroom sinks to become clogged up or slow moving. You can ask many professional plumbing services and chances are they will tell you that this is one of the most common plumbing conditions that they respond to and fix.
Fortunately, you can do an effective unclogging technique that will restore the functionality of your bathroom sink in as short as 15 minutes. Because the common cause of clogging is soap scum and hair, the fix is equally fairly simple. This means that removing these items from the pivot rod or stopper of your bathroom sink drain. How do you do it?
Since you would not be turning on the water there is no need to cut the supply. The first step is to lift out the stopper of the bathroom sink. Depending on the kind of bathroom sink that you have, the stopper can just lift right out. If it does not, this means that there is a pivot rod holding it in place.
To release the stopper you would have to remove its pivot rod nut and pull out the pivot rod itself. Most of the time you can loosen it by hand, but if you can’t do it you would need to use the slip-joint pliers. Once the pivot rod is out the stopper should come right off.
You can now begin removing the clog using the stiff wire or wire coat hanger. Bend the wire into a tight hook and use it to fish out the soap scum and hair that is causing the clogging. Make sure that you get everything cleaned out to restore smooth water flow.
After you have cleaned out everything reassemble the pivot rod and stopper. If you did not remove the pivot rod you can just drop the stopper back into the drain. If the pivot rod is removed, drop the stopper into the drain and line up the pivot rod with the stopper slot. Tighten the pivot rod nut with your hand.
Completing the Unclogging
To complete the process of unclogging, run hot water down the bathroom sink drain after you have reassembled the stopper. This will ensure that any soap scum clinging to the insides of the drain will be flushed out completely.
Make sure that there are no leaks at the area of the pivot rod nut. If there are leaks use the slip-joint pliers to tighten the nut further, this should stop the leaking.
This technique will help restore the functionality of your bathroom sink. But if you encounter clogging regularly or this does not solve your problem, call a professional plumbing service immediately.